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ROSEWOOD, EAST INDIAN

rosewood, east indian.htm latifolia




THE ROSEWOODS, REAL and OTHERWISE





my samples: --- colors are accurate throughout and you'll see some very similar colors and grain pattern in the web pics below.


plank and end grain


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above


this piece is from the same plank as the sample above, but it is oiled.


sample plank and end grain


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


a bunch of guitar backs from the stock of a luthier relative of mine, Jarad Lindsey, who built his first guitar at 14 (and it's beautiful) using similar planks for the side and back.


both sides of a plank contributed to the site by Daniel Duelen, whom I thank for this and other contributions.


closeup of one face of the plank above


side view of the plank above


various end grain views, and an end grain closeup, of the piece directly above. The last pic and the closeup were taken at a different time and the color correction added a slight orangish tinge that is not present in the wood.


veneer


this piece of veneer was in my "mystery woods" section for a long time but was finally identified by a correspondent as an East Indian Rosewood burl veneer



NOTE: the following bright-colored pieces, including the guitar set, were contributed to the site by a generous fellow named Liem in Indonesia. They are much brighter in color than I am accustomed to in rosewood, east indian.htm latifolia and Liem tells me that they are significantly different in physical characteristics than what he is accustomed to in Dalbergia latifolia, a species that he is very familiar with, BUT ... they have been positively identified by the USDA Wood Lab as being that species. My thanks for the contribution.


a batch of small, thin, planks


closeup of two of the pieces above


small slab and end grain shot


two contiguous sides of a small plank that was cut from the top of the slightly larger one directly above and moderately-fine sanded --- it is the sanding that accounts for the the darker color all of the visible surfaces.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


a spectacular guitar-back set


the sides of the guitar set

Rikus Veuger from Bandung, Indonesia sent me a HUGE cache of pics of beautifully figured
E.I. rosewood that are just staggering in their beauty and variety. These represent a select few
from a large logging operation and Rikus did a very nice job of photography. Below are a few of the
pics, and to see the full set, click here: Rikus ei rosewood. My thanks to Rikus for the marvelous pics.



log end pics also provided by Rikus



web pics:


planks and turning stock


plank listed as Indonesian rosewood


scales


waxed turning stock


listed as east indian rosewood, but looks more like kingwood to me


both sides and a closeup of a thick plank


turning stock


finished pool cue butts


flat cut veneer


quartersawn veneer


veneer, all from the same vendor


veneer sheet closeups with both levels of enlargement --- all from the same vendor as the batch directly above


pomelle veneer


slab table --- very nice; enlargement present


tatting shuttle (might have coloring agent added)





both sides and a closeup of a plank from the BogusColorVendor




guitar sides and backs


this species is widely used in guitar construction


guitar back --- very nicely photographed by the owner/maker, S.R.Murthy, whom I thank for the contribution to the site. Very large enlarments are present.


guitar sets


guitar bodies; pics provided by Rikus Veuger (see box up in the section on my own samples)


bowl


7.5" x 2.5" bowl by Steve Earis and the blank from which it was turned. There are BIG enlargements present for the bowl