Rizzar, as far as ivory is concerned, I THINK (and could be wrong!) that the Ulrich has staghorn inlays? Does it also have ivory, and I somehow missed that?
I will have to read Brieding's book again. What a chore.... (Heh!)
And, I do believe the wood could be hornbeam. I have seen how very much wood can darken in just a few short months.
When I made the fancy Ulrich for a client, (Sent it off September last year) I saw it again in March for a small repair. I had to remove the nussfaden for that repair, and the wood under that string was much much lighter than the rest of that wood. I was surprised at how much it had darkened in that time, that was only 7 months; imagine, 400+ yrs!
Given that was cherry, I can still see how hornbeam could probably darken that much. Also, simply handling it will darken the wood.
Will it darken sufficiently in Stuck's lifetime to make him happy? I do not know!
For that matter, I wonder if I can get hornbeam here.. hmmmm. Will have to check that out.
Take care all;