Indian rosewood is also known as sonokeling. It is strong and heavy, taking an excellent finish. It is ideally suited for making marimbas, guitars, furniture, statues and luxury flooring. It can also be used to make perfumed oil.
Appearance of Rosewood:
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.
Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked.
Rated as very durable and resistant to termite attack.
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.