INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: sheesham or rosewood

 

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zitoun
sheesham or rosewood Nov 16, 2003 07:09 a.m.


A little poll:
Doi you prefer sheesham or rosewood and why?

Thx

Shawn
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 16, 2003 10:40 a.m.


Sheesham is the Indian type of rosewood. Any tabla that is made of rosewood is most likely of the sheesham variety.
Shawn
http://www.percussionist.net
ram
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 16, 2003 01:44 p.m.


...or otherwise technically known as Lignus Whitus.
aanaddha
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 16, 2003 08:51 p.m.


Any naturalists or scientists among you who can explain the particular properties of rosewood and/or sheesam that make it the preferred material for constructing tabla shells? Is rosewood found elsewhere besides India?
In North America? How can you tell if it's rosewood, what are it's distinctions? I'd really love to know.
I've also heard that tablas cannot be cut on a lathe...something about a hand chisel and cutting the wood along it's grain that really makes the sound?

Thanks,

Aanaddha

zitoun
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 17, 2003 05:57 a.m.


Ok sorry for my mistake
But I have a dayan made with a orange-style wood, ithink it's toon is it posible?
Keshav Das
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 17, 2003 10:27 a.m.


That would be Mahogany
zitoun
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 17, 2003 12:39 p.m.


Thx Keshav!
because i knew that it was "tun" but not mahogany.
tablob
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 17, 2003 12:42 p.m.


This very site has a brief overview of tabla manufacture! David's book has the entire description along with lots of photos.

https://chandrakantha.com/tablasite/articles/tblamkng.htm

Bruce
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 17, 2003 05:32 p.m.


The Rosewood family is all grouped under the name "dalbergia" There are some 3 dozen types in the world. What is usually known as "Indian Rosewood" is "dalbergia latifolia" which is a dark heavy wood. What is commonly called sheeshum is "dalbergia sheeshu" which is slightly lighter wood. So most sheeshum is really a light rosewood.
The orange looking dayan might very well be neem wood, which is lighter and less dense than sheeshum. Have never seen a toon wood tabla.
Calcutta tablas are chiseled out. Most Bombay tablas are lathed out.
Vas
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 17, 2003 08:11 p.m.


'Tun' or 'toon' may be Toona, which is Red Cedar, a wood that is used for cabinet making. The scientific name is Toona ciliata.
Vas
Re:sheesham or rosewood Nov 17, 2003 08:15 p.m.


Toona is related to Mahogany, which is called Chukrasia tabularis.
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