Tuesday 11 October 2011
Also called: Rio rosewood, Bahia rosewood, jacaranda, jacaranda da Bahia, jacaranda do Brasil, jacaranda cavluna, palisander
Pre-boring is advised for nailing and screwing, and with care the wood can be brought to a high polish.
The wood of this species has been much sought after since it was first introduced to Europe and subsequently the world market hundreds of years ago. It was put to both utilitarian and decorative uses in its native Brazil including structural beams, flooring, wall lining and furniture.
According to Wikipedia, old growth Brazilian rosewood harvested before 1992 continues to be highly prized by makers of both classical and steel string guitars. It has been regarded as the premier wood for backs and sides of guitars and its use can be traced back to late Renaissance and Baroque times when it was used for making lute backs (ribs) and various other parts of other stringed musical instruments and also woodwind instruments such as flutes and recorders. Brazilian rosewood is now controlled by the CITES treaty.
Typical height: 125ft (38m)
Images, from top to bottom:
1. The grain of rosewood timber
2. Chess pieces made from Brazilian rosewood (IMAGE COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA)
3. An acoustic guitar also made from Brazilian rosewood (IMAGE COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA)
4. Pivot-top table in Brazilian rosewood crossbanded with satinwood (Zanthoxylum flavum)
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