Heitanmu Wood in Chinese Furniture

Alternate name / botanical classification:  Black Ebony

Hardwood, often used for knife handles, piano keys and cabinets, very heavy and derived from heartwood.

Known for its jet black color, ebony varies from deep black to dark red, with a variety of rich dark shades. Generally, the darker ebony is found at higher altitudes and from older trees.  Ebony is a scarce and costly wood.