Brazilian Rosewood

Name Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as rosewood, Rio or Bahia rosewood, jacaranda, pianowood, caviuna, obuina, and, palisander.
Sources Grows in Brazil.
Appearance Mostly straight grained with coarse texture, large open pores, and oil, gritty feel. Variegated brown to violet-colored heartwood with irregular black streaks, well demarcated from cream-colored sapwood.
Physical Props Hard and heavy, moderate to high strength and shock resistance, low stiffness, good steam bending, good stability in service, and excellent decay resistance. Far harder than any commercial United States hardwood species used for furniture or veneer manufacture.
Working Props Works OK but has severe blunting effect on cutting edges. Pre-drilling recommended for screws and nails. Glues satisfactorily if precautions taken for oily surfaces (consider using epoxy resins). Finishes to an exceedingly smooth, highly polished surface.
Uses Esteemed for centuries as one of the finest woods in the world for high-class furniture, cabinetry, and paneling. Also excellent for knife handles, brush backs, bowls, and other turned items. Other uses include piano cases, musical instrument fingerboards, billiard tables, levels, marquetry, and carving.