Rosewoods are the preeminent and valued group of woods available to woodworkers and craftspeople. Members of the genus Dalbergia, they are noted for their striking beauty and the distinct ‘rose-like’ scent produced when they are freshly cut.
When early sea trade brought these valuable timbers to Europe, they were quickly assimilated into the woodworking industry and changed the existing aesthetics of furniture design. Demand led to over exploitation and the Rosewoods are now rare and protected. Brazilian Tulipwood, a true rosewood, shares this interesting history.