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Old 08-20-2014, 08:21 AM
Ned Milburn Ned Milburn is offline
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Originally Posted by kwakatak View Post
I'm sensing sarcasm here, Ned! ;-)

FWIW I'd be willing to stain EIR and rely on purfling for visual effect. From my limited past experience bending EIR was very easy. In fact, I didn't even have to heat a couple of the binding strips last time. Fate was smiling upon me that time.
Or perhaps an oxymoron...?? ;-)

Yes, I expect one of the many reasons EIR has become a standard is in its ease of workability. Ebony binding is certainly do-able, but it is really stiff and doesn't bend "creamy" like rosewood does. You'll want to keep the binding on the thin side to help the bending process. Bend slowly with enough heat and water.

Ned Milburn
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