Bois de Rose
(pronunciation: bwah duh rose)
Bois de Rose is a wood that some
call the most beautiful of all exotic woods. When first cut, it is
often a bright color (see center piece in pic above). When finished,
it looks similar to the bottom piece, and an unfinished piece allowed to
age for awhile looks purple like the top piece or even darker. The
wood has an incredibly fine grain and is suitable for musical instrument
making, including guitar backs and woodwinds. It polishes almost
like glass if sanded finely enough. The pattern of the lines varies
greatly from one piece to the next and no two are exactly alike.
We avoid oil finishes unless we want to darken the wood to an almost black
color. (The finish above is shellawax). It is one of the rarest
and most beautiful types of true rosewood. Our
supplies are limited. News: Current conditions
in Madagascar mean that this wood will become unavailable, as all exports
have apparently stopped permanently for those of us that only buy legal wood. We have bought more of this wood from
old stocks that were imported into the USA many years ago, but we are now paying higher prices as the supply tightens. We don't sell wood from Madagascar that was harvested illegally, and we don't import any wood from Madagascar at all. Please be careful to buy only old stock such as ours because illegal logging is being promoted in Madagascar, mostly by Chinese traders---see the September 2010 National Geographic for a great story about this. A December 2011 "Dan Rather Reports" on HDNET stated that China has taken over 7000 cubic meters (a cubic meter is about 424 board feet) of this wood from Madagascar, mostly cut from National Parks through a corrupt government arrangement of kickbacks. Be careful not to buy rosewood from China as you would be supporting the plunder of Madagascar. In general all wood items from China should be suspect for environmental violations/abuses.
These pieces have been gently air dried
for many years.
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