There was a piece of Malaysian Blackwood that I bid on a couple of months ago and didn't get. It was in this class, absolutely breathtaking. I was going to put in on the mantlepiece as a work of art. Still kick myself for not getting that baby.
Tricky stuff, though, that black & white ebony, very prone to cracking.
High grade ironwood here.
snakewood, black palm, koa, buckeye, ironwood, almost anthing in burl... higher quality the better
The block shown in the photo is end grain. Likes to crack.
Dry pieces cut lengthwise take stabilizing very well and are less prone to crack and warp.
If you can get more of the Afzelia XLay I would suggest that. Especially the high grade figured pieces.
The pieces with clean color and even figure on both faces sells for up to $600 a board foot.
High grade ironwood burl will sell almost as fast as you post it. I mean the real Desert Ironwood from Arizona and Mexico.
What is stabilized pinecone? Never heard of it.