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Never heard of it before. Looks sort of like Arbutus, with the wide variation in colouring, and wild grain pattern.
 

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If it was free wood, then it is popular. Free wood is always popular.
 

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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
 

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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.

Apology for the side view.
 

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Hi Dan,
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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