what wood to use and to paint or dye
I am making a trinket box about the size of an ossary. I am copying one that was made in France or Spain around 1450 c.e. The original was covered with colored paper then a layer of pierced carving that looks very like modern scroll saw work was glued to that. The type of wood used is not listed. I would like to omit the colored paper and either dye or paint a common wood black for the scroll work and yellow for the box base (ebony and yellowheart get rather expensive, and while I know ebony is used at that time, I don't think yellowheart was available). Can anyone point me to a resource that discusses common Spanish/French woods for that time period, and whether the wood would have been painted or dyed? Not only do I need the answer, but I need to be able to document it for contests. Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide.
Stephanie Smith, Ph.D
Hunt County, Texas
Owned by a Poodle and an Australian Cattle Dog