|East indian rosewood||Sonokeling|
Names and distribution: The term "sonokeling" stands for a rosewood from Indonesia. It is botanically identical with Indian rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). Both types have in common that they are naturally widespread in the tropics and that they are comparatively rare in their area of distribution. In India, the use is largely regulated and the management of the species is anchored in forest use plans. Another Asian rosewood, which inter alia is found in Afghanistan, is Dalbergia sissoo. This is, however, practically insignificant in international trade.
Appearance: The ground color varies from purple to brown striped. Dalbergia latifolia has relatively large pores, sapwood and heartwood are sharply demarcated. Sometimes occurring ingredients are barely visible in the pore grooves. Overall, very decorative.
Properties: The density is about 0.80 t/m3 at u=12%. For technical drying there is a risk of cracking and deformation. Therefore air-drying is preferred. The processing is easy. Smooth and sealed surfaces are generated without much effort. Mucous membrane irritation may occur during processing.
Use: Decorative veneers, high quality turner goods, musical instruments, especially acoustic guitars
||ATIBT (1990): Atlas der asiatischen Hölzer
GOTTWALD (1970) Holzbestimmung der wichtigsten Handelshölzer
RICHTER, H.G. (1988) Holz als Rohstoff für den Musikinstrumentenbau
Note: according to the latest findings, but without any warranty