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Anigre for body?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Jisch, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. I was at the woodmill yesterday and they had a long board of anigre for $50 with nice figuring throughout. I bought it because my wife was with me and we enable each others' wood hoarding tendencies.

    I am thinking of using it in the middle of a hippie sandwich on a through neck. It seems to be about has hard as walnut on the janka scale. The one negative I read about it is that some anigre trees can have a lot of silica in them and therefore will dull tools pretty quickly. It's kind of a golden color with a very slight brownish hue.

    Anyone use this before?
  2. Hey Jisch

    I have some 1/16" and 1/8" slices to use as accent stripes, but haven't used any as of yet. I wanted ro score some thin board holly but it wasn't around - the anigre I found was as close to white as I could get.
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  3. If I recall correctly the first dyed solid black veneer I bought was labeled as anigre. Not having seen the pre-dyed wood I figured it was a fairly light colored wood, but this stuff very definitely has some color to it, not a ton, but some.
  4. The stuff I found was pretty white with subtle grain. If I get a chance I will take a picture or two - but I noticed that there was variation in some of the other boards I saw for sale. It's good looking wood, I think. Didn't know it could be rough on tools, but for accent stripes it shouldn't be much of an issue. I don't know enough about it when you are talking other uses such as bodies, necks, fretboards. I wonder too, how suitable it is.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2018
  5. View attachment 3222707 Not sure why I didn't take a picture before, but here's two samples, it's an 8 foot board, but this is representative. This is pretty close to the color as well 20181121_165837.

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