Reducing a perfect piece of Ebony from this...
With 18" left over. The narrow piece is 1-1/4" thick - perfect for handles. The other piece is 3" thick.
This was a 2 day process - and I have become much better at just starting into it (as opposed to staring at it for 4 hours!). I still stare at it (planning my attack)... but start cutting much more confidently. It certainly helps to have such fine material - there was very little waste from this piece.
Pictured above is another piece of Ebony I worked with. This was also an exceptional piece - the only waste being the bits between plane parts.
Onto the African Blackwood!