Some where in the recent posts, there was a fellow makeing a Black Knife with a bottle opener. He made 'black wood' by boiling vinegar, rusty nails, and the wood wrapped in steel wool(I think) either peck about the postings recent, or mayhap the maker will chime in here.
Hi Charles, I've experimented with different types of stain and ebonizing techniques and those with the best long term effects usually raise the grain. OK if your working on a large piece or something fairly flat that can be sanded down and re stained a few times. To be honest with these small intricately carved pieces I've given up - but it's OK, in the last couple of days I've managed to find a supplier of bog oak, this stuff is really black and five to six thousand years old. It comes with a copy of a carbon dating certificate! from Queens University in Belfast. I'm not sure whether I can still claim on my website that all materials are sourced locally. Will post more information when I have it.
But thanks very much for your help.
Nice work indeed!
I used to find bog oak on the farm down in Yorkshire, but as an alternative, if you can get your paws on some "Fiebings leather dye" in black, it works very well on wood.
I have used their dark brown on maple and other hard woods, as I (as time permits!!) build 18th C or earlier firearms in the winter, and find that this leather dye works better than any wood stain I have ever used.
(The black I keep for ramrods)