Bud Rosewood...I see it all the time as a material for chess pieces,
but only there, even after googling around.
So I am thinking this is a term invented somewhere in the chess
manufacturing community and then just repeated by others. Sometimes
these sites claim that Bud Rosewood and Red Sandalwood are the same.
Since I cannot find any reliable source for what Bud Rosewood is, is
it possible that there is a connection between Bud Rosewood and RS?
The typical explanation, btw, for Bud Rosewood is that it is from the
roots of the rosewood tree. It is usually a deep wine red with orange
highlights. Actually a very nice wood for a chess piece.
On May 12, 8:52 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
True rosewoods are members of the dalbergia family. What you describe
sounds a lot like kingwood, or dalbergia cearensis, also called
violetwood. Supremely exepnsive because it is very rare in anything
other than veneer form. It has a waxy feel to the surface when
finished, and develops a nice sheen, unfinished, as it ages.
The tree is small, maybe 10" max, and no more than 50' tall.
Flameood might be another candidate, Dalbergia cochinensis, and just
about as expensive. Not as rare, colored mroe to the deep red or
burgundy, to a light rose-purple shade, but streaks tend to be brown
and red. More brittle than kingwood, but still fairly easy to work.
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