I just hate the thought of mixing wood and plastics in my instruments. Just out of spite, probably - I don't mind composite instruments at all! But to put plastic, or any pearlish material for that matter, for side fret markers... The thought makes me shiver! Now, I have already thought about the other two obvious solutions: finding a decent shrink or use metal. But, for colour coordination, if nothing else, I'd prefer wood. (it would be hard to colour coordinate a shrink, not to mention the work to make her/him/it fit the side of the fingerboard... ) Does anybody have a useful idea on how to make wooden rods, about 2.5mm (.1") diameter and at least 5mm long (could be 25 or 100mm long or more if you prefer)? Or know of a place to buy - preferably, not mandatory, in Europe?