You can take rusty nails or rusty steel wool, dissolve it in vinegar
apply to the solution to wood. Turns many woods almost black.though
the solution itself is sort of rust orange.
"Classic Wood Finishing" by George Frank, Revised by Sam Allen
ISBN 0-8069-7063-4 $17.95 US has all kinds of less traditional
ways of coloring wood through the use of chemicals and wood
Some of the formulas use readily available stuff and some require
chemicals not normally found in a grocery, hardware or paint store
(like potassium permanganate - nasty to dispose of)
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