Shisham wood is quite popular in India for making furniture. It is found predominantly in the Northern plains of India. However, what you see in the pic is a cheap piece of Shisham. Normally only the dark heartwood is used for making furniture. Olivewood is quite different.
Shisham- Dalbergia sissoo, known commonly as North Indian Rosewood, is a slow-growing, hardy deciduous rosewood tree native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southern Iran. Wikipedia
The attached shows the corner post of the kitchen table that SWMBO picked out recently. Shishma does indeed make for a beautiful piece of furniture. The table is 40" x 72" and the cost was nominal compared to similar quality tables.
No, the color does not change or fade. I have Shisham furniture which is more than 25 years old & still retains its rich brown color.
It was used a lot for farm implements too in the past. It is very strong & hardy. In the recent years cutting of trees has become heavily restricted by new environment laws. This has resulted in its becoming very expensive.
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