Rosewood (Honduras) Hardwood

Rosewood (Honduras)

Honduras Rosewood is a beautiful timber species with a heartwood that ranges from pinkie-brown to purplish-brown, with irregular lighter and darker bands. The grain is straight to slightly wavy, with a medium to fine texture and low to medium gloss. The sapwood, which is clearly demarcated from the heartwood, is pale when newly cut, darkening to yellow on exposure. This species is highly prized for its appearance, and is a versatile timber with a variety of uses, such as cabinetmaking, furniture, and even violin bows. Honduras Rosewood is also known by its botanical name Delbergia stevensonii (Leguminosae).

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Also Called:
Nogaed, Palisandro De Honduras

Durability Notes:
Rosewood (Honduras) wood is a durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Rosewood (Honduras) is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Rosewood (Honduras) - air-dries very slowly and is prone to splitting, but it can be kilned with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood. There is small movement in use. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Rosewood is tougher and denser than Brazilian rosewood (D. nigra) but it is usually used for products where strength is of minor importance. Rosewood is not an easy wood to work with hand tools but works adequately with machine tools. The wood has a tolerable blunting effect on tooling. Pre-drilling is advised for nailing and gluing depends on the oil content of the wood being used. Rosewood turns very well and can be brought to a good finish with various coatings.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinets, Musical Instruments, Flooring, Carvings, Turnings, Jewelry Boxes.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Honduras Rosewood

Is Rosewood a hardwood or a softwood? Rosewood is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Honduras Rosewood hardwood or softwood? - Honduras Rosewood is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Rosewood family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Honduras Rosewood? Honduras Rosewood can be described as brown, dark brown, dark red, red, orange,

Is Honduras Rosewood good for outdoor use? or is Honduras Rosewood good for exterior use? Honduras Rosewood is most suited for exterior/external use. Honduras Rosewood can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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