Honduras Rosewood, raw
Honduras Rosewood, oiled
Names and distribution: Honduras rosewood (Dalbergia stevensonii) is native to Central America. Low availability, steady domestic demand (THE traditional wood for marimbas) and strong interest from Asian buyers leads to constant shortages and rising prices. One of the most expensive exotic woods now.
Appearance: The ground color is reddish brown and varies from trunk to trunk. Color variations are possible from pink to dark red. Sapwood and heartwood are sharply demarcated, pores medium in size, occurring ingredients are sometimes visible in the pore grooves in longitudinal section, growth zones ("late wood") are always present, decorative.
Properties: The density is about 0.90 to 1.05 t/m3 at u= 12% . When drying large cross-sections, there is substantial risk of cracking. Wood should be allowed to dry slowly. The processing is easy. Smooth and sealed surfaces are generated without much effort. Mucous membrane irritation in the processing is not known. Neutral odor.
Use: High quality turner goods, knife handles, writing instruments, wind instruments and xylophones
Replaces: Amzonas Rosewood and vice versa
||ATIBT (1990): Atlas de Maderas Tropicales de América Latina
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