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Brazilian Rosewood


(Dalbergia nigra)
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COMMON NAMES:   Brazilian rosewood, jacaranda, Bahia rosewood, Rio rosewood

SPECIFIC GRAVITY:   0.85

DENSITY:   47 to 56 lbs./cu.ft.

TANGENTIAL MOVEMENT:   4.60%

RADIAL MOVEMENT:   2.90%

VOLUMETRIC SHRINKAGE:   8.50%

DURABILITY:   Very good

SOURCE:   Eastern forests of Bahia to Espirito Santo and Rio de Janeiro

DESCRIPTION:   One of the most prized furniture and tone woods of all time, Brazilian rosewood is now rare and tightly controlled on the world market. The heartwood is shades of dark brown with noticable black streaks, and the sapwood is white. The wood looks and feels oily or waxy. It is mostly straight grain with medium to coarse texture, a slight luster and a rose-like fragrance when worked. Used for decorative veneers, musical instrument parts, fine furniture, cabinets, piano cases, fancy turnery, marquetry, and knife handles.

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