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Rosewood – Madagascan

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Botanical Name

Dalbergia baronii; Dalbergia breveana; Dalbergia madagascariensis; Dalbergia monticola

Other Names

Rosewood – Madagascan

Main Color Group

Variegated

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Medium

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

58

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

935

Janka Hardness - LBF

2550

Janka Hardness - Newtons

11360

Madagascar Rosewood is a very popular wood with both acoustic and electric guitar luthiers (especially the former), as well as furniture craftsmen, despite being a wood that has been difficult to acquire in the US for the bulk of this new millennium. Depending on the specific species, heartwood colors can range anywhere from a pale yellowish-brown to orangish-red to deep burgundy to a chocolate brown, typically highlighted by bold black ink lines and secondary hues. Its straight grains and medium texture generally make for excellent working properties, despite its considerable hardness and density; its cuts, turns and finishes beautifully, with a nice natural luster.

The wood typically has a high natural oil content, which can make gluing challenging.

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Sustainability: Listed in CITES Appendix II, and reported as “Vulnerable” to “Near Threatened” (depending on specific species) by the IUCN; part of the Dalbergia -genus worldwide exportation ban.

Common Uses: Veneer, musical instruments, boats and shipbuilding, furniture, cabinetry, trim work, flooring, inlays, carving, turned objects, and other small specialty wood items.

Comments: There are four distinctly different Dalbergia species which are all commonly called “Madagascar Rosewood.” Back in the 1990’s, wood poaching on the African island of Madagascar reached epidemic proportions. Logging and exportation of the wood was banned, in response, in 2000, but was lifted in 2012, in the aftermath of major political upheaval in 2009. Madagascar Rosewood’s exportation was once again banned in 2015, but between an unwaivering demand for the lumber and continuing poverty throughout the region, the illegal logging trade has continued (despite bans).

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Rosewood - Madagascan
$110.5236.3 x 7.5 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1016

End check; not fully surfaced one face

110.52
Rosewood - Madagascan
$217.9261 x 8.8 x 1.2 inROSEMAD1015

End check; some checking

217.92
Rosewood - Madagascan
$239.3952.3 x 10.25 x 1.25 inROSEMAD1014

Some wormholes; gorgeous

239.39
Rosewood - Madagascan
$171.0553.2 x 8.8 x 1.2 inROSEMAD1013

Divot one face; rough edges

171.05
Rosewood - Madagascan
$169.4842.6 x 9.8 x 1.2 inROSEMAD1012

Some wormholes; nice

169.48
Rosewood - Madagascan
$193.7548.7 x 9.8 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1011

A few wormholes

193.75
Rosewood - Madagascan
$134.2441.75 x 9.9 x 1 inROSEMAD1010

Check one face; some sapwood

134.24
Rosewood - Madagascan
$195.2355.2 x 9.9 x 1 inROSEMAD1009

Very nice

195.23
Rosewood - Madagascan
$192.0644.8 x 6.6 x 2.1 inROSEMAD1008

Slight checking

192.06
Rosewood - Madagascan
$186.9143.6 x 6.6 x 2.1 inROSEMAD1007

Pith separation one face

186.91
Rosewood - Madagascan
$293.7377.8 x 9.3 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1006

Some wormholes

293.73
Rosewood - Madagascan
$483.62114 x 9.5 x 1.2 inROSEMAD1005
Out of stock

Saw kerf one edge; divot one face; exceptional figure. Must be crosscut to ship. Call for info.

483.62
Rosewood - Madagascan
$268.5360 x 8.25 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1003
Out of stock

Beautiful

268.53
Rosewood - Madagascan
$103.4428.25 x 8.25 x 1.1 inROSEMAD1004

Worm holes, partially surfaced

103.44
Rosewood - Madagascan
$156.6435 x 8.25 x 1.25 inROSEMAD1002
Out of stock

Nice

156.64
Rosewood - Madagascan
$267.4159.75 x 8.25 x 1.25 inROSEMAD1001
Out of stock

Small defect one side

267.41

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