Griffin Exotic Wood

Bois de Rose
(pronunciation: bwah duh rose)
(dalbergia maritima)

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 might be supporting the plunder of Madagascar. In general all wood items from China should be suspect for environmental violations/abuses, same for some other Asian countries.  These pieces have been gently air dried for many years.

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Note: these are samples.  Your piece could be darker than the top piece and look almost black when
you receive it.  It can be very dark all the way through, or could look like the lower one in the 
picture above.  Unfortunately we can't select for color, because there is no way to tell 
without cutting the wood first.  The normal range of colors goes from purple black to reddish,
and they all look basically the same on the outside. 
This wood cannot be shipped outside the USA
due to CITES trade rules on woods from Madagascar.

Bois de Rose pen blank, 3/4
Price: $8.80
Limited supply. Limit of 8 per each seperate order


Sample photo of what pieces look like once cut open 
Bois de Rose 1.5 x 1.5 x 10 inches
Nice color, some lines too!

Price: $36.50

Click photo for another view. All pieces are dried.
Please order by letter below. If the item is missing below or you get a note that it is unavailable when you put it in the shopping cart, that means that piece is sold already. Refresh this page when you get here to see any new changes.

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