Sonokeling, East Indian Rosewood, Indian Rosewood

Scientific name:  Dalbergia latifolia

Description:  Heartwood of East Indian Rosewood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown.  Grain has a medium texture with fairly small pores and is usually narrowly interlocked.

Properties:  East Indian Rosewood can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. The wood can sometimes contain chalky deposits that will rapidly dull cutting edges. Glues and finishes well, though color from the wood’s natural resins can inadvertently bleed onto surrounding surfaces when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats.