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Josef A. Meiler: Types of Wood Used to Imitate Ebony – Historical Written Sources and Practical Implementation. Back
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Abstract: In the course of a review of 88 written sources dating from the 13th to the 20th century, more than 30 different types of wood used to imitate ebony could be identified and named. It would easily be possible to discern many times this number if the available information on the wood were interpreted in a different way and if so-called wood substitutes were also taken into consideration. Exemplified black staining of 20 types of wood showed that it is really possible to ebonize those which were recommended to be used or assumed to be of use for this purpose. The usage of the most varied types is evidenced by the woods discovered in ebonized historical objects. More than 10 different types were found in 25 objects. Since microscopic determination of the type of wood frequently did not permit more than a restriction to the Maloideae family, a definitive statement on the preferred type is as yet impossible. Exemplified ebony imitations show that at least six species from the Maloideae family (Malus sp., Mespilus germanica, Pirus sp., Sorbus aucuparia, Sorbus domestica und Sorbus torminalis) are equally suitable to be used as ebony imitations.


  • academic institution: HAWK Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/ Holzminden/Göttingen
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Hon.-Prof. Dr. Peter Klein
  • assistant Tutor:  Prof. Dr. Gerdi Maierbacher-Legl
  • date:  2000
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  144
  • pictures:  19
Josef A. Meiler
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