Carbon paper becomes hard to use when transferring paper patterns to dark woods such as walnut. The dark lines are barely visible, and don't erase easily.

White carbon paper, found in many arts and crafts shops, is ideal for transferring patterns to dark wood or hardboard. And, you can remove the pattern lines with a pencil eraser. One manufacturer, Saral® Paper Co., 322 W. 57th St., Suite 30-T, New York, NY 10019, markets its product under the name Saral® Transfer Paper.
—Cobert LeMunyan, Troutman, N.C.