East Indian Rosewood

The scientific name of East Indian Rosewood is Dalbergia latifolia. The tree is also known as Indian Rosewood and sonokeling. This tree is widely seen in India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. The heartwood of this tree can be a golden brown or deep purplish brown. Darker brown streaks can also be seen. The wood darkens according to the age and it becomes a deep brown.

East Indian Rosewood has a medium texture with small pores. It is very difficult to work with these timbers with tools because of interlocked grain and density. Sometimes, the wood contains chalky deposits, which will dull cutting edges rapidly. Initial seal coats must be applied very carefully because the natural resins of the wood may bleed onto surrounding surfaces. The wood has a distinct rose-like scent. The scent is less pleasant for some people while comparing to other Dalbergia rosewoods.

The wood is available in both turning blank and board form. East Indian Rosewood is very common in making fine furniture, veneer, musical instruments, turned and other specialty wood objects. It has been extensively used on acoustic guitars since the mid 1960s. The timber is widely used for making bottle stoppers. The wood is very heavy and strong.

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