Indian Rosewood


Common Names
East Indian Rosewood, Indian Rosewood, sonokeling
Scientific Name
Dalbergia latifolia
India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia
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. Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; medium to large pores in no specific arrangement, very few to few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; heartwood deposits (dark brown) occasionally present; narrow rays not visible without lens, normal to fairly close spacing; parenchyma banded, vasicentric, lozenge, winged, and confluent.
Avg. Dried Weight
52 lbs/ft3 (830 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
2440 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
16,590 lbf/in2 (114.4 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
1,668,000 lbf/in2 (11.50 GPa)
Crushing Strength
8,660 lbf/in2 (59.7 MPa)
Radial: 2.7%, Tangential: 5.9%, Volumetric: 8.5%, T/R Ratio: 2.2
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.

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