East Indian Rosewood

East Indian Rosewood

Since the mid-1960s, East Indian Rosewood has been widely utilized as a substitute for the now-endangered Brazilian Rosewood in acoustic guitars.

East Indian Rosewood heartwood can range in colour from golden brown to deep purplish brown, with deeper brown streaks. With time, the wood darkens to a deep brown colour. Fine furniture, musical instruments, veneer, turned, and other specialty wood objects can all benefit from it.

This wood is long-lasting and termite-resistant. It has a medium texture and pores that are relatively modest. Typically, the grain is tightly interlaced.

Janka Hardness:

2,440 lbf

Average Dried Weight:

52 lbs/ft3 (830 kg/m3)


Because of its interlocking grain and density, East Indian Rosewood can be difficult to work with tools. Cutting edges can become dull quickly if the wood has chalky deposits. Colour from the wood’s natural resins can mistakenly flow into adjacent surfaces when applying a finish. Thus care must be given while applying the initial seal layers.