So I went to a store today and bought a nice antique (supposedly) Zitan chair.
Zitan is a wood used in Chinese furniture. It is an oily wood that has red and purple undertones, but darkens over time as it secretes oil that oxidizes into a black finish.
I noticed a red mark in one spot and asked the store owner about it. He said "no problem" and took out a box cutter and started scraping. I started to cringe and after that didnt work he brought out some 60 grit sandpaper (more cringing from me) and proceeded to remove some of the nice natural finish revealing the raw wood underneath and creating a slight depression that can be felt but not seen. He then proceeded to rub black ink on the spot to blend it in.
Well obviously this looks like crap as the wood is not perfectly black but a really dark brown with purple undertone. When I got home I washed the whole chair with soap and water and most of the ink came out.
Here is the spot in question: https://imgur.com/a/Gsi6Cn3
My question is what is the best way to mimick the finish? Stain the wood? The problem is the sanded area is blended. In other words the middle part of the circle is completely raw and the other part has a thin layer. If I use a stain Im worried the middle will pick up the stain and the outside probably won't.
Acrylic? Could I thin the acrylic so that the edges blend into the rest of the wood.
Another thing I noticed is one long missing chunk in the carving. What would the best way for this be? Is there any material I can shape by hand which will then harden after time and I can sand and paint?