Brazilian Rosewood Veneer
Folks, Today I bought a box of old veneer a guy had around for years. It had (rolled up) some brazilian rosewood and a little east indian rosewood. I wound up paying about $2.75 a square foot for the lot. Most of it is Brazilian. I’m pretty sure I got a good deal. Constantines is retailing the EI Rosewood for $4.95. However I cannot find a price online for Brazilian Rosewood veneer. I know the solid wood is very rare, restricted and expensive. Anyone have any idea what this stuff should go for? Thanks Frank
The reason that you cannot find a price for the Brazilian rosewood is that it is illegal to import this wood into the United States. It has been illegal since sometime in the mid '90's. Don't be fooled, there are no exceptions. The only legal Brazilian rosewood in the US is that which was brought in prior to the prohibition. I have talked about this subject with my supplier who has been importing lumber for many, many years. He sells E. Indian rosewood, ebony, etc. to Martin and other guitar manufacturers, and he knows what he is talking about.
So, to answer the question as to the value of your Brazilian roswood veneer, one could only say that it is valuable because it is scarce. It is worth what someone would be willing to pay.
Hope this helps.
The little bit of solid stock I'd seen online was all very pricy and "pre-ban" I thought for sure there would be some pre-ban veneer out there too.
I guess I'll save this for something special and hope I don't screw it up!
You might want to try getting a letter from the fellow stating when he purchased the Brazilian. Otherwise, you may have some 'spainin' to do when the Wood Police break down your door with a "no-knot" warrant. ;-)
Nice score at that price, though.
But I did get a note. It starts with "Dear Mr. Kotter" and is signed "Epstein's Mother" so I'm not sure if it will hold up in court!
You're ok, Horschak
You're ok, Horschak will vouch for you.
this species has been on the cities ban since 1967 along with true mahogany,the cost would depend on the width ,length and color .this wood is prized by guitar makers,and comes in deep brick red to purple. the reason for the ban is forest clearing in s. america and yes this wood can still be found in veneer form or stock for a price
I bought some 1000 square of braziilan rosewood veneers from the 1960s. The best way to find out if the veneers brazilian is soak a small piece in some water and then put it under a black light, if it glows it is not brazilian rosewood, if does not glow it is right and worth much more every day rosewood, Not sure of the value as I just bought it last month. all I know it worth good money. Jeff-b
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