A mate just found a nice solid well seasoned log of beautiful black ebony (Diospyros ferrea) in an isolated far northern creek bed. Weathering and tumbling in the water course had stripped off any extraneous sapwood and bark. This will break down into a lot of fretboards, headstock veneers and binding!
I thought a few North American instrument builders might be interested in a photo of the "treasure." The tapemeasure is ~1 metre.