East Indian Rosewood is a true rosewood belonging to the Dalbergia genus. The heartwood of East Indian Rosewood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. East Indian Rosewood can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. It glues and finishes well, though color from the wood’s natural resins can inadvertently bleed onto surrounding surfaces when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats. Common uses include fine furniture, musical instruments, veneer, turned and other specialty wood objects. East Indian Rosewood has been used extensively on acoustic guitars since the mid 1960s as a substitute for the now-endangered Brazilian Rosewood. Pen Blank approx. 5/8" - 3/4" square x 5" - 6" long.