Several months ago I saw some marketing info on Madinter's website about some back and side sets that were being processed with some proprietary process which seemed to significantly darken and I think they claim strengthened traditional hardwoods. I don't see that info anymore on their website...so maybe that process turned out to not work so well. But when I tried to investigate more, I think I tracked down the source supplier to Indonesia or some other southeast Asian country. I'm guessing it was some kind of torrefaction process or some kind of chemical treatment they were doing. But as I recall, the woods were very dark and stunning in their marketing info.
I was just wondering the other day that if this is a legit process, and with CITES changes...maybe this would be a process that could be used on some US or otherwise country specific/domestic hardwoods that tend to be underutilized due to color preferences that people (me included) tend to have for darker back and side wood options. Things like black locust, osage orange, if treated in a legitimate way to darken to look more like the rosewoods that many seem to prefer might be an interesting option for luthiers moving forward.
But, since Madinter does not seem to be touting this anymore, I'm left to assume that maybe this process was not all they were cracking it up to be.
Does anyone know more about this or have any info on what Madinter was doing and if they in fact stopped? I'll reach out to them on Monday if nobody here has any quick insights.