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Botanical Name

Dalbergia latifolia

Other Names

East Indian Rosewood, Indian Rosewood

Main Color Group

Variegated

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Easy

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

52

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

830

Janka Hardness - LBF

2440

Janka Hardness - Newtons

10870

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.

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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

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Fingerboard - East Indian Rosewood
$12.0020 x 2.25 x 0.3 inFINGERROSEEI1001

East Indian Rosewood Fingerboard

20.0″ x 2.25-2.75″ (taper) x 0.30″ (within 0.3″ on length, width tapers)

Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for box-making and other smaller items

Photographs are representative of what you will receive

If you have a strict dimensional requirement, please contact us to confirm we select the correct dimensions for you.

12
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Backs)
$55.0021.25 x 8.562 x 0.2 inBACKROSEEI0045
Out of stock

Bookmatched Guitar Back Set

55
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Backs)
$55.0020.69 x 8 x 0.2 inBACKROSEEI0926

Bookmatched Guitar Back Set

55
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Backs)
$55.0021.63 x 8.44 x 0.2 inBACKROSEEI0947

Bookmatched Guitar Back Set

55
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Backs)
$55.0021.88 x 8 x 0.2 inBACKROSEEI0925

Bookmatched Guitar Back Set

55
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Backs)
$55.0020.9 x 7.88 x 0.2 inBACKROSEEI0795

Bookmatched Guitar Back Set

55
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Backs)
$55.0022.19 x 8.63 x 0.2 inBACKROSEEI0289

Bookmatched Guitar Back Set

55
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Backs)
$55.0022 x 8.88 x 0.2 inBACKROSEEI0221

Bookmatched Guitar Back Set

55
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Backs)
$55.0021.9 x 9.19 x 0.2 inBACKROSEEI0223

Bookmatched Guitar Back Set

55
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Sides)
$45.0032.81 x 4.69 x 0.2 inSIDEROSEEI0212

Bookmatched Guitar Sides set

45
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Sides)
$45.0033.06 x 4.69 x 0.2 inSIDEROSEEI0208

Bookmatched Guitar Sides set

45
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Sides)
$45.0034.63 x 5.38 x 0.2 inSIDEROSEEI0227

Bookmatched Guitar Sides set

45
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Sides)
$45.0033.9 x 5.06 x 0.2 inSIDEROSEEI0105
Out of stock

Bookmatched Guitar Sides set

45
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Sides)
$45.0031.75 x 4.5 x 0.2 inSIDEROSEEI0133

Bookmatched Guitar Sides set

45
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Sides)
$45.0031.81 x 4.5 x 0.2 inSIDEROSEEI0134

Bookmatched Guitar Sides set

45
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Sides)
$45.0031.9 x 4.5 x 0.2 inSIDEROSEEI0307

Bookmatched Guitar Sides set

45
Rosewood - East Indian (Guitar Sides)
$45.0030.25 x 4.25 x 0.2 inSIDEROSEEI0069

Bookmatched Guitar Sides set

45
Rosewood - East Indian
$99.2675 x 4.5 x 1 inROSEEI1008
Out of stock

Bow and hook

99.26
Rosewood - East Indian
$48.5736.7 x 4.5 x 1 inROSEEI1007
Out of stock

Small knot

48.57
Rosewood - East Indian
$36.2835.25 x 3.5 x 1 inROSEEI1006
Out of stock

Nice

36.28
Rosewood - East Indian
$52.2839.5 x 4.5 x 1 inROSEEI1005
Out of stock

Small knots

52.28
Rosewood - East Indian
$83.0562.75 x 4.5 x 1 inROSEEI1004

End checks

83.05
Rosewood - East Indian
$37.0636 x 3.5 x 1 inROSEEI1003

Small knot one face

37.06
Rosewood - East Indian
$101.0675.6 x 5 x 1 inROSEEI1002
Out of stock

End checks, bow, hook

101.06
Rosewood - East Indian
$90.1787.6 x 3.5 x 1 inROSEEI1001

Small knot, slight bow, slight hook

90.17
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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