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ROSEWOOD, MISC

Dalbergia spp.

Dalbergia spp. of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family. There are so many different rosewoods that it's hard to keep track of them, and without any identification other than "rosewood" it can be impossible to figure out which one it is. This section holds otherwise unidentified rosewoods and also more obscure varieties that I don't have enough pictures of to make yet another rosewood page.

In some cases, the distinction may even be pointless since the specific rosewood name used is just a "country of origin/distribution" for a more generic form of rosewood that is how it really should be identified. That is, just as an example, there is a sample of Dalbergia bariaensis on this page and it is identified as "Cambodian rosewood" because (1) that is how the vendor identified it and (2) that IS a legitimate name for the species. BUT ... other legitimate names for that species include "Vietnamese rosewood", "Asiatic rosewood", "Laotian rosewood", and so forth.


THE ROSEWOODS, REAL and OTHERWISE





my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of Cambodian rosewood / Dalbergia bariaensis --- 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


both sides of a sample plank of Columbian rosewood (aka "money bush") / Dalbergia monetaria --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The difference in color between the two sides is correct and is because the first side has had the patina sanded off (and because of the sanding, the first side shows the face grain characteristics more clearly, particularly in the enlargements)


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Columbian rosewood (aka "money bush") / Dalbergia monetaria --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Although it is less obvious on this sample, this one, like the one directly above, has had the first side sanded down and shows the face grain characteristics better, especially in the enlargements.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Mexican rosewood / Dalbergia palo-escrito --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This sample plank has a couple of small sections laminated onto one edge, which makes it look a bit weird.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Asian rosewood / Dalbergia rimosa --- 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


both sides of a sample plank of Aztec rosewood / Dalbergia calderonii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Other than this vendor, who is VERY unreliable when it comes to names, I have NO other source for calling this species "Aztec rosewood". My own database lists it as Florida rosewood. The labeled side is raw but the 2nd side has been sanded to 240 grit and so shows details better.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Burmese rosewood / Dalbergia cultrata --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The labeled side is raw but the 2nd side has been sanded to 240 grit and so shows details better and shows as a slightly richer color.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Burmese rosewood / Dalbergia cultrata --- 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


both sides of a sample plank of Burmese rosewood / Dalbergia oliveri --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Although you can barely tell it from these two pics, the first side was sanded to 240 grit and in the enlargements you can see the grain details much better on it than on the second side.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Colombian rosewood / Dalbergia aff monetaria --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Note: the "aff" means this species is similar to Dalbergia monetaria but is probably a different (unknown) species.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


Indonesian rosewood (just given as Dalbergia spp.) sample plank and end grain. Actually, in all respects this looks exactly like East Indian rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of kratie rosewood / Dalbergia nigrescens --- 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


both sides of a sample plank of nang nound / Dalbergia lanceolaria --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The vendor's name of nang noun is a vietnamese name and this species is more commonly known as shisham or shisham rosewood.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

NOTE the sample directly above and the one directly below were both sold as Dalbergia lanceolaria but both are from vendors
who are less than reliable (and I'm not talking about David Clark or Mark Peet who are just the owners not the vendors)
and they are significantly different so I'm convinced that they are not the same woods so at least one of them,
and for all I know BOTH of them are wood(s) other than Dalbergia lanceolaria. This is a very obscure species and
I have not been able to find other sources with the detail that would help me figure this out.



both sides of a sample plank of shisham rosewood / Dalbergia lanceolaria --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet 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


both sides of a sample plank of Panama rosewood / Dalbergia tilarana --- 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


both sides of a sample plank of Panama rosewood / Dalbergia tilarana --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The first side is fine sanded and shows a distinctly richer color than the second side which, apparently, has a dull patina. It will also show the fine grain details better in the enlargements.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


This sheet of San Dominican rosewood veneer was loaned to me by John Koehn whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


quartersawn veneer, meaninglessly (see comments with web pics below) named "Nigerian rosewood"

NOT a raw wood color
sample plank of Nigerian rosewood, with a finishing agent, shot in a woodworking store. HUGE enlargements are present. WELL ... hm, I THOUGHT "Nigerian rosewood" was a meaningless designation since I've not been able to find it in any reference work, but here's the name used in a reputable wood store and although the color is different, the grain does look very similar. I've done a new internet search and I've found a couple of sites that sell "Nigerian rosewood veneer" that looks similar, but I'm still in the dark as to what this wood actually IS.



web pics:


listed as "andes" rosewood


"Aztec" rosewood


plank listed as Aztec rosewood / Dalbergia tucerensis


bois de rose (I think this is a common name for another rosewood, so I'll move it eventually)


Borneo rosewood turning block, waxed


Burmese rosewood turning block, waxed


waxed turning sticks listed as Burmese blackwood / Dalbergia cultrata


scales listed as Burmese blackwood / Dalbergia cultrata


Burmese rosewood guitar set


plank listed as Burma rosewood / Dalberga cultrata


Myanmar (= Burma) rosewood veneer


Cambodian rosewood planks. I'm not sure about the bright orange color on a couple of these


Cambodian rosewood from the BogusColorVendor so the color is suspect


Caribbean rosewood, but it's from the BogusColorVendor so the color is highly suspect


"Central American" rosewood


listed variously as "san domingan", "san domingo", and "santo domingo"


guatemalan


Indonesian


malagasy --- alert correspondent Allan Philip has pointed out that "Malagasy" is just what the natives of Madagascar call themselves, so "malagasy" rosewood is madagascar rosewood. I will move these pics to that page at some point


New Guinea rosewood plank


"New Guinea" rosewood veneer


Nicaraguan


"Nigerian rosewood" veneer, all from the same vendor who, as far as I can tell, is the only vendor in the world to use this designation and she has no idea what the wood is. I consider the designation to be meaningless. The wood looks a little like teak and a little like cerejeira, but I don't know what it is. When I bought some of this from the vendor whose pics these are, she gave me the name of the wholesaler who sold it to her but they did not reply to my emails. The colors are accurate, but as usual with this vendor, the pics have a shine that is not at all present in the wood. Whatever it is, it sure is pretty.


ocelot ear






palisander (actually, I think that's just Spanish for rosewood, so this needs further clarification)


palisander rosewood guitar set


palo oleo


Panamanian


Panamanian rosewood planks and a closeup ... pics provided by Neal Kuwabara ... thanks Neal


figured Panamanian rosewood


rio rosewood veneer


listed as "South American rosewood" --- I have no idea what it is.


scales identified only as rosewood --- looks to me like Bolivian rosewood.


bowl listed as burmese rosewood