What is ebonized wood?

This question comes from a word-working listener of ours. Ebonized wood is a process that turns wood black... without burning it! But how? What's the chemistry behind it? Is it cool? Yes, yes it is cool.

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This question comes from a word-working listener of ours. Ebonized wood is a process that turns wood black... without burning it! But how? What's the chemistry behind it? Is it cool? Yes, yes it is cool.

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References from this episode
  1. https://pubs.usgs.gov/wsp/1459d/report.pdf
  2. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Tannic-acid#section=2D-Structure
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3495704/#:~:text=Iron%2Dtannate%20dyes%20are%20formed,(usually%20hydrolysable)%20in%20water.
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  5. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jamc/2019/3894571/sch1/
  6. https://pubs.rsc.org/-/content/articlelanding/2015/ra/c5ra02035b/unauth#!divAbstract
  7. https://www.theruststore.com/Rust-Converter-FAQs-W48.aspx
  8. https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/canadian-conservation-institute-notes/tannic-acid-rusted-iron-artifacts.html
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  10. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/t/tannic-acid.html
  11. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1168162/
  12. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/finishing/ebonizing_wood/
  13. Inorganic chemistry, 4th edition, Miessler and Tarr






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