Cutting: Squares and 2SE boards
Dryness: Kiln dried
Other names: Bombay rosewood, Bombay blackwood
Deep purple brown to reddish brown, more or less striped. Hard and heavy. Used widely for musical instruments.
Indian rosewood is historically one of the chief rosewoods of commerce and has been traded for hundreds of years. Felling is now strictly controlled by the Indian government and the logs are only sold to government approved buyers at auction. Export is also strictly controlled by the Indian Government to reinforce the value and precious nature of this timber so that it will remain available long into the future.
Export controls in this specie go back to the early 1980’s and require the wood to be produced in to a high added value commodity such as veneer or into components for musical instruments and furniture. Available sizes of current imports are therefore rather small.
We were recently able to buy some old stock Indian rosewood that had been held by a Japanese importer since before export restrictions began. This was reimported to Europe via Germany and now represents the finest Indian rosewood boards and the best available sizes in the UK. A must for all Indian Rosewood afficionados and timber museum curators.
From 2nd January 2017 if you wish to export articles that are partly or fully made from newly listed species of Rosewood, Padauk and Bubinga then the export will need to be accompanied by a CITES re-export permit. It is possible that the importer/customer of the article may need to apply for a CITES import permit from their own authorities and this should be investigated before the export happens.
Sign-up for Timberline's Newsletter: