This reel has been “ebonized” as part of a custom order. Most of my reels are of maple, pine, or poplar or a mixture of them. Reels can be made to order of exotic woods by request, usually at a higher price. The old books advise that this size reel can handle up to 5 yards, but many weavers use them to measure 15 to 30 yards! Contact me for current price list.