Bois de Rose
(pronunciation: bwah duh rose)
& other Madagascar rosewoods (see under the bois de rose items)
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 cannot easily select older pieces for color, because there is no way to tell
without cutting the wood first (due to a dark violet patina on old pieces). The normal range of colors goes from purple black to reddish,
and they all look basically the same on the outside, but we do make guesses when asked.
This wood cannot be shipped outside the USA
due to CITES trade rules on woods from Madagascar.
New size of this beautiful wood. This is a sample photo of some of the actual pieces for sale.
NO EXPORTS OF BOIS DE ROSE ALLOWED. USA SALES ONLY.
Sample photo of some of the actual pieces for sale. You'll usually get them with the dark patina (due to air exposure over many years) on the outside of the wood. The upper two in the photo aren't sanded and the lower 4 were lightly sanded (removed maybe 1/16 inch or less). They do have different colors on the inside, and there is usually no way to tell what they look like until you sand/cut them. They can be reddish purple, dark purple, reddish with/without lines. See other photos on this page to understand all the variety possible. Any requrest for colors will be done as possible with no guarantee since we cannot always guess what is under the patina. Very rare wood now, hard to find anywhere and becoming scarce due to CITES rules. NO EXPORTS OF BOIS DE ROSE ALLOWED. USA SALES ONLY.
No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:
Some cleaned up pieces of bois de rose.
We put one side of these through the planer so you could see the pattern/color underneath the patina. We did only one side to avoid making these pieces smaller. They are 1.5 inch squares, 15 inches long or slightly longer. The other sides not shown are dark patina as shown in other pictures on this page. If we went just a little deeper, many would be solid red, but you can get a good idea based on the photo. Actual pieces shown, order below by letter. All pieces dried.
other Madagascar Rosewoods:
Click photo for 2nd side view.
These are an incredibly rare type of rosewood from Madagascar called Dalbergia madagascarensis. Almost unknown on the market, especially in high quality pieces like these. Also banned for import like bois de rose, so supply is limited to what was imported before restrictions took place. Has a wonderful ringing tap tone.
All pieces are DRIED. Notes: Normally a reddish tan color, these have a bit more red then normally expected. Also: Pieces 5 and 6 are an extraordinary thickness for this rosewood.
Please order by number below. If the item is missing below , that means the piece is sold.
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