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Old 03-17-2010, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know another name for sheesham? I was at RC Willey the other day and saw a piece of furniture made from "shesham mango wood". I googled it and found that it is spelled sheesham. Its Latin name is dalbergia sissoo and appears to be from the Honduran rosewood family. I don't think it is Honduran rosewood since the table was only about 700 bucks and it was not veneer, it was solid. below are a few links to show what it looks like. It appears to be used in alot of furniture. I would think i could then buy stock of it. there isnt a single specialty lumber yard that carries "sheesham". So it's gotta be called something else. Help is appreciated.

http://www.umaidartgallery.co.uk/fil...ham%281%29.jpg

http://slimages.macys.com/is/image/M...0.5,0&fmt=jpeg

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Old 03-17-2010, 12:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wikipedia lists it under its Latin name (Dalbergia sissoo), and says it's from the Punjab region. You might find it sold under a variety of names such as Shisham, sissoo, sisu, sheesham, tahli and Indian rosewood. Wikipedia says, "After teak, it is the most important cultivated timber tree of the Punjab - which is the largest producer of shisham timber in Pakistan and India, although it is the provincial tree of the Pakistani Punjab". Maybe there is a Pakistani or Punjabi furniture manufacturer in your area who can give you the name of a supplier.

And that's officially everything I know about sheesham. Hope you find it.
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read about it here scientific name of sheesham wood? look's like it is from india ? I didn't read about it but look's like it will tell you all about it ?
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I have looked up all those different names. I have found Indian rosewood but i really feel its not the same thing by looking at the pictures.
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I think atmartin is correct. I sell mango wood products and this is from a different tree species than sheesham.
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