Yellow Boxwood...How hard is it to source?

wiscmike

We all know that some of the yellowish look of the old Jaques sets is from the English boxwood that was yellowish in colour.  The Indian boxwood used is an off white for the most part.

I would rather have natural finishes on my chess pieces and admire them for a work of art and craftsmanship.  

Is the cost of this wood non-existent in current times or just so costly?  

Looking for chess purveyors and manufacturers to chime in.

greghunt

Didn't we go around this mulberry bush before?  Look at the timber merchants:

http://www.lincolnshirewoodcraft.co.uk/box.htm

https://www.workshopheaven.com/materials/wood/boxwood.html

Box darkens with age.  

Drawgood
I do like holding wooden chess pieces and seeing quality carving too, but I am wondering; are there any actual qualities of yellow wood (whatever tree that is) over any other random box wood? Density? Weight? Hardness? I am asking because seems the rarer it is the more expensive but is there any reason to spend the money?
wiscmike

The Jaques sets as I understand it were made from English boxwood for decades, which is different than Indian boxwood. So all the yellowing is not patina at all but the basic colour with patina on top of it.  As I understand the boxwood from England would be very expensive and then would need to be shipped to India to the carvers.

IpswichMatt
greghunt wrote:

Didn't we go around this mulberry bush before?  Look at the timber merchants:

http://www.lincolnshirewoodcraft.co.uk/box.htm

https://www.workshopheaven.com/materials/wood/boxwood.html

Box darkens with age.  

Indeed we did Greg. We were unsuccessful in convincing the OP then and I suspect we will be unsuccessful now.

wiscmike

I see it is available in the UK and it is different than India boxwood. So the extra cost and freight would add too much to the set. Just thought it would be a nicer colour and no antiquing would be necessary. I like my sets natural. 

Thank you for the comments  

IpswichMatt

European Boxwood is almost White  - it darkens with age - actually exposure to UV light.

I don't know about Indian Boxwood, although I have a set made in India about 20 years ago that is starting to darken 

greghunt

UV and oxygen, I have some huon pine in my workshop that has gone from a very pale cream to a nice honey colour just sitting in a dark corner.