I just had a package arrive with some red and black palm.
It can be cut different ways to give different looks.
I took some photos just in case anyone was curious.
I marked a couple pieces to cut at an angle to show the eyes.
If you cut straight across at a right angle it weakens the blocks. I cut these at a sharp diagonal to maintain as much of the strength of the grain as I could and still show the eyes.
Here I have cut up one of the black palm pieces.
A lot of waste cutting this way.
But I think the look is worth the waste.
When I get this stabilized it gets a bit darker.
This is my favorite type of black palm. When the light hits the dots from an angle they light up like small golden eyes.