TOUGHEST AND MOST MUSICAL ROSEWOOD
Honduras rosewood has a distinctive look and feel, not dissimilar to beli (Paraberlinia bifoliolata), but it is much darker. It has some of the subtle coloring of the walnuts, particularly English walnut. The texture is fine to medium but the grain is often
interlocking and difficult to work, especially by hand. The beautiful wavy grain and exquisite coloring (from medium brown to black with purple flecks) make it ideal as a veneer, and its high price often limits it to this use. Being dense and resonant, it is
also used for making xylophone and marimba bars.
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Nogaed (U.S.)
Alternatives Other rosewoods (Dalbergia species), European walnut (Juglans regia)
Color Medium brown to black, with some purple and red flecks
Texture Fine to medium
Grain Usually wavy or interlocking, with irregular bands; occasionally straight
Weight Heavy (59 lb./cu. ft.) (940 kg/cu. m)
Strength Tough and dense
Seasoning and stability Needs slow seasoning to avoid degradation but moves very little once dry.
Wastage Can be very high if you are looking for straightgrained lengths.
Range of board widths Likely to be limited
Range of board thicknesses Likely to be limited
Durability Very good
Few. Select carefully and you will find the patterning you need, but expect some wastage in the process.
Surprisingly for a rosewood, this species is rarely listed as threatened, but there isn't much certified supply.
AVAILABILITY AND COST
Honduras rosewood is expensive, is available only rarely, and only from specialist suppliers.