The timber grows extensively in the norther part of Karnataka in the western ghats, one of the strongest hard wood with a very dense heart wood, next only to Ebony.
High fiber structure and density. The cut log contains moisture of 35-45%
Low oil content and volume with calcium spread across the heart line(stem).
The typical girth (mean circumference) is between 3 -10ft and diameter of upto 4ft.
The typical length is between 10ft – 16ft depending on the age and growth rate of the timber.
Sawing yield is only upto 40% whilst milling as the heart wood covered with thigh layers or outer timber.
Typical defects amount to varying spiral grains, knots and variable colour.
Rich Red to dark maroon colour with irregular grain pattern.
Rosewood is primarily used for furniture making and extracting veneer.