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Brazilian Rosewood Dalbergia nigra

ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST PRIZED LUMBERS
Hard and heavy, Brazilian rosewood has some of the coloring and patterning of English walnut (Juglans regia). The range of colors, from light honey to very dark brown, makes it extremely attractive, while its weight, strength and ability to take a sharp edge mean it is ideal for furniture and cabinetmaking. The texture is even and fine to medium, with relatively straight grain and not much interlocking. It is not surprising that Brazilian rosewood is so expensive, and that the species is all but extinct and subject to trade restrictions.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Santos rosewood, jacaranda
Alternatives Other rosewoods (Dalbergia species), jacaranda do para (D. spruceana), jacaranda pardo (Machaerium villosum)
Sources Brazil
Color Light to very dark brown, with a reddish hue
Texture Fine to medium, and even
Grain Slightly wavy
Hardness Very hard
Weight Heavy (53 lb./cu. ft.) (850 kg/cu. m)
Strength Strong and relatively easy to bend
Seasoning and stability Season slow and ideally in a kiln to reduce degradation. Very stable once dry.
Wastage Should be low
Range of board widths Limited Range of board thicknesses Limited
Durability Very good

VARIATIONS
Brazilian rosewood is consistently decorative, and because of its value it is often sliced for veneer.

SUSTAINABILITY
Brazilian rosewood has been listed as threatened with extinction and that trade should be limited and controlled. Make sure you know which rosewood you are buying, as it can be difficult to distinguish between them; then research its current status to decide whether or not to buy.

AVAILABILITY AND COST
Very expensive and available only in limited quantities.




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