And then Ckristmas eve: You get a nice pair of woolen home knitted socks.
Something similar happend today, only it wasn't quite as bad.
I got the wood onboard. 3 pieces of 4 feet x 11.5 inches x 1" So a total of 12 board feet.
The wood is definitely not ebony.
Actually the guy who picked it up had forgotten the name of it as well, but said that the lumber dealer had said it was a good wood.
It looks a lot like some of the lighter wood I am using on the sea chest, so I hope it is easy to plane. The wood has been passed through a thicknessing planer at a very high speed, cusing quite some ripples and some tearout in the middle of one of the boards.
The wood felt very heavy, so I was a bit puzzled due to the look like my earlier mentioned light wood.
I left it on the floor for taking some pictures, and when I removed it 5 minutes later, I realised it wasn't due to a high wood density, but due to the wood being soaking wet! Condensed water had gathered below the boards in just five minutes.
Anyway, contrary to the steam engine vs socks analogy, I am happy that I didn't end up with real ebony. A comment from Brian regarding legal ebony made me think - that perhaps this wasn't like ordering a board of pine or spruce. So I started researching the Internet, and it seems that ebony is an endangered species, and kind of illegal to harvest and import.
So by getting this wet oak lookalike wood, I have stayed out of trouble.
And I still think that I can make some sort of project out of it once it has dried.
PS. I did get a steam engine.
Close up photos of the wood, rough sawn (top), planed (bottom)