Looks like my cheaper ebony alternative is no longer a nice affordable
alternative, going for $18 to $21 a board foot.
So far I do not know of yet another dark accent alternative... Walnut does
not cut it.
Having something shipped at the right price is an option, but it looks like
these prices are across the board... (no pun)
But maybe there is a seller out there still selling cheaper and someone here
knows about it...
You probably need to "ebonize" your own wood. Although not a very rapid
process, it can be very effective over a wide range of woods. Lots of
information available on the internets.
I can respond to all three...
Sometimes when doing inlay wood, or just wood butted up to another species
it's not always possible to dye the wood
I am keeping an eye on E-bay... sometimes the magic works, sometimes is
And I have a couple of boards of the peruvian walnut... not dark enough...
or at least the boards I have
IIRC it is used for musical instruments, the Flute? Lincoln a few years ago
had a Blackwood option for their big SUV, IIRC the dash and door panels had
Blackwood veneers. It may however be more expensive than Ebony, maybe not.
The true African black wood used to make clarinets is becoming very
difficult to get.
Also, during the clarinet manufacturing process, there are high losses
due to cracking.
The above courtesy of a PBS show I saw a few years ago.
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