East Indian Rosewood

East Indian Rosewood is also known as sonokeling and Indian Rosewood. The scientific name of this tree is Dalbergia Latifolia, which is abundantly grown in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India. The color and appearance of East Indian Rosewood can vary from a golden brown to deep purple-brown. Darker brown streaks can also be seen in the heartwood. The color becomes a deep brown with age. The texture of rosewood is medium and comes with fairly small pores. Narrowly interlocked grain is the other peculiarity of Rosewood.

Rosewood is extremely durable and termite resisting capacity is superb. Working with East Indian Rosewood is very difficult because of its density and interlocked grain. There can be chalky deposits, which may dull cutting edges rapidly. Color from the natural resins of the wood can bleed onto the surrounding surfaces inadvertently. Therefore careful application is essential while doing initial seal coats. A distinct, rose-like scent is the other peculiarity of Dalbergia rosewood, which is pleasant for some, but some others do not like it.

East Indian Rosewood has been used for making acoustic guitars extensively since the mid 1960s. This is used as the best alternative for endangered Brazilian Rosewood. The other common uses of East Indian Rosewood are musical instruments, fine furniture, turned, veneer, and other specialty wood objects. Generally, the wood is available in both board and turning blank form. The wood is listed on CITES Appendix II under the genus-wide restriction. Exotic Wood Zone has proper license to import and export East Indian Rosewood.

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