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rosewood, east indian.htm latifolia


my samples: --- colors are accurate throughout

both sides of a sample plank of East Indian rosewood / Dalbergia latifolia --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.

end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

sample plank and end grain

end grain closeup of the piece directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

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.

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.


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


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)


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