Griffin Exotic Wood

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

& other Madagascar rosewoods (see under the bois de rose items)

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 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.   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 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.

Bois de Rose pen blank, 3/4
Price: $9.50
Limited supply. Limit of 4 per each seperate order, per day


Bois de rose in 1 x 1 x 15 inches. 
 NOTE:  Some small variation in sizes  (actual: 15.25 to 16 1/8 long)
  One or 2 sides has been surfaced on a table saw to help you see the appearance, and other sides usually have the normal black patina on them until you cut into it.
NO shipping outside USA.
Please order by number below.
If the item is missing below or you get a red out of stock notice in the shopping cart, that piece is sold.

Bois de Rose 1 x 1 x 15 inches
Piece 9

Price: $Sold, more soon!

other Madagascar Rosewoods:

Click photo for 2nd side view. 
The first pic above shows the wood color most accurately of all 4 photos.

These are an incredibly rare type of rosewood from Madagascarr.  It is a dalbergia species but I have found conflicting ideas on what the actual botanical name is.   It is probably dalbergia baronii.   Almost unknown on the market, especially in high quality pieces like these. Also banned for export/import like bois de rose, so supply is limited to what was imported before restrictions took place.
 All pieces are DRIED.
Please order by number below.
If the item is missing below or you get an out of stock notice in the shopping cart , that means the piece is sold.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:
Click here for a THIRD side view.
Click here for FOURTH side view.

Madagascar rosewood
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 18 inches
Piece B

Price: $89.00

Madagascar rosewood
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 18 inches
Piece D

Price: $89.00

Madagascar rosewood
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 18 inches
Piece F

Price: $89.00

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