MY BOTANY PROFESSOR RECOMMENDED CERCOCARPU MONTANUS
for a local hard wood to replace ebony in my luthery explorations. The Navahos use the twigs with their white flowers as prayer sticks. The handles of Navaho distaffs are made of this wood probably because it does not splinter easily. It is hard so the Navahos make dice from it. Whatever... it grows in my neighbors yard and he needs it thinned from time to time, so I have a tidy stash of it. It's ghostly suppleness within its hard density makes it a joy to feel between your strings, so it makes a delightful fretboard.