Rosewood – East Indian

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Botanical Name

Dalbergia latifolia

Other Names

East Indian Rosewood, Indian Rosewood

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Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3


Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3


Janka Hardness - LBF


Janka Hardness - Newtons


East Indian Rosewood can vary greatly in color, although its base color is most always brown; the shades can range from golden brown, to purplish or dark reddish brown. Secondary colors are often present. The wood’s colors will darken with continued UV exposure. EI Rw is generally less dense than most other rosewoods. Its grains are typically interlocked (although they can be irregular or straight), which can make it difficult to work. Care must be taken when finishing the wood, as it is not uncommon for the wood’s natural resins to impose if it is not first sealed. It has a medium texture.

Since the exportation ban on Brazilian Rosewood, more than twenty years ago, it has become a popular substitute with corporate guitar manufacturers (electric and acoustic, alike) — due in large part to its historically steady supply and relatively low cost (compared with other Dalbergia’s). By comparison to Braz Rw, its pores are smaller; but it is also a very durable wood, that’s not overly susceptible to bug damage / infestation and is considered stable after drying.


Sustainability: Listed in CITES Appendix II — part of the Dalbergia -genus worldwide exportation ban — and is classified as “Vulenerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Musical instruments (in particular, acoustic & electric guitars), furniture, cabinetry, veneer, structural paneling, turnings and specialty wood objects.

Comments: Most relevant, from our perspective, is the fact the many people refer to this wood as “Indian Rosewood,” which is inaccurate; Sissoo (Dalbergia Sissoo) is also known through its natural region as “Indian Rosewood.”

Also worth mentioning is Sonokeling: a true Dalbergia indigenous to Indonesia — where it is also known as “Jacaranda.” Many sources consider this wood and East Indian Rosewood to be of the same species (Dalbergia Latifolia), however tree farmers in Indonesia are not in agreement with this assessment. Our research into Indonesia and the cultivation of rosewood trees there revealed that back in the 1700’s, while the Indonesian islands were considered a colony of Holland, Dutch merchant colonists transplanted two major Dalbergia’s to Indonesia: Dalbergia Nigra (Brazilian Rosewood), from Brazil, and; Dalbergia Sissoo (Indian Rosewood), from India.

We view Indonesian Rosewood as a completely different species of Dalbergia, and see the topic as certainly worthy of further botanical investigation.

Species Description: Wood Species

Rosewood - East Indian
$99.2675 x 4.5 x 1 inROSEEI1008
Out of stock

Bow and hook

Rosewood - East Indian
$48.5736.7 x 4.5 x 1 inROSEEI1007
Out of stock

Small knot

Rosewood - East Indian
$36.2835.25 x 3.5 x 1 inROSEEI1006
Out of stock


Rosewood - East Indian
$52.2839.5 x 4.5 x 1 inROSEEI1005

Small knots

Rosewood - East Indian
$83.0562.75 x 4.5 x 1 inROSEEI1004

End checks

Rosewood - East Indian
$37.0636 x 3.5 x 1 inROSEEI1003

Small knot one face

Rosewood - East Indian
$101.0675.6 x 5 x 1 inROSEEI1002
Out of stock

End checks, bow, hook

Rosewood - East Indian
$90.1787.6 x 3.5 x 1 inROSEEI1001

Small knot, slight bow, slight hook

Bowl Blanks - Rosewood - East Indian
$7.30$62.008 x 8 x 3 inBOWLROSEEI1001

Our East Indian Rosewood Bowl Blanks come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.  The end-grain as been sealed.  The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.  If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.

The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.  You won’t typically received surfaced blanks, but we surface a few on the photographs to give you an idea of what the lumber looks like.



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