Fife Woods and Materials
East Indian Rosewood (dalbergia latifolia)
East Indian Rosewood is also known Indian rosewood, Bombay rosewood, Bombay blackwood, shisham, sitsal, malabar, sissoo, biti, ervadi, and kalaruk Grown in southern India scattered in the dry deciduous forests, but nowhere common; attains its best growth in the Bombay region where tree may reach 100 foot in height and over 5 foot diameter.
This Rosewood is commonly interlocked grain with a uniform, moderately coarse texture. Heartwood varying in color from golden brown to dark purple brown with darker streaks giving an attractive figure. Heavy, hard, and dense with high bending and crushing strengths, medium shock resistance, good stability and steam bending, and very durable heartwood. Difficult to work, this hardwood easily dulls cutting edges. Basic specific gravity (oven dry weight/green volume) 0.70; air-dry density 53 pcf. The timber seasons well with no appreciable degrade and is reported to dry defect-free in log form
East Indian Rosewood is often used for musical and mathematical instruments, inlays, sculpture, fine furniture, turnery, decorative veneers, specialty items.