I'm so pleased with the "painting with wood" on my Pegasus that I'm all gung-ho for doing the same on my Morgan. My initial thought was for the black areas (upper hull planking, part of stem and cap rails) to use pear that is stained black. Now I'm think about using African Blackwood instead.
The black-stained pear looks really nice, but it tends to hide the grain (at least the stain I'm using). I'm thinking about going all natural with my Morgan - holly for the white areas, boxwood for the ochre areas, and something like maple for the deck. You see a little grain with those woods, so I'm thinking African Blackwood might look fantastic. It sounds like it's less difficult to work as ebony, and possibly less of an allergy inducer. It's a decent amount of area to cover, but pretty limited to things that aren't too difficult to craft.
Am I crazy? Has anyone else here used African Blackwood on the builds that can share their views on it? Thanks!