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Honduras Rosewood has a yellow sapwood with an appearance distinctly different from the heartwood. The pinkish-brown to purple-brown tones of the heartwood appear in alternating dark and light streaks with black markings, creating a very attractive figure. The wood ranges from fine to medium in texture and usually presents a straight grain, although it is occasionally wavy, presenting a decorative figure.

Formal Name: Dalbergia Stevensonii


Honduras Rosewood is found exclusively in Belize (British Honduras) and grows in river areas throughout Central America.

Working Properties

Since Honduras Rosewood is very hard, it is moderately difficult to saw and machine, and creates a blunting effect on tools. Pre-boring is necessary for nailing. Since the wood is sometimes very oily, it can bee difficult to produce a good, even finish.

Main Uses

Since Honduras Rosewood turns well, it is often used for knife handles and piano legs. Other uses include percussion bars of xylophones, and fingerboards for banjoes, guitars and mandolins. It is also used in fine furniture and cabinets, with highly figured logs sliced for decorative veneers and inlay work.