Bois de Rose is the rarest wood we work with since it is no longer legal to import into the United States. This wood is endemic to Madagascar and is one of the premier Rosewoods. It has a stunning black cherry coloration and an amazing tonal quality. What does that mean? Well it means that it makes great musical instruments, so much so that companies like Gibson use it in their finest guitars. In the world of dice that tonal quality translates to a very distinct sound when rolled. The dice almost seem to ring when rolled on a glass, stone, or similar surface.
Bois de Rose has a very distinct coloration, that ranges from bright magenta to a gorgeous deep cherry color. The wood polishes to an unbelievable glass like shine, and has a distinctive spicy floral scent when worked. This scent lead to its use in perfumes and fragrances before it was deemed endangered. Since this wood is an endangered species we do NOT use any stock that was cut after the preban date of the 1976 CITES treaty. As such Bois de Rose is only available in very limited quantities. Understandably we make very few dice sets from this species, even though it is one of our absolute favorite woods to work. It’s an absolute treat to work. It smells wonderful, machines well, and polishes like glass. Every face of these dice has been sanded to a 3 micron finish and the buffed to a glass like shine.
This year we have 6 sets of polyhedral dice and a handful of d20s. All of which are numbered in series. This year’s series of Bois de Rose dice features some of the finest dice we have ever made. They showcase our refined inlay processes with each set featuring a different inlay materials ranging from Abalone and Turquoise to Electrum and Sterling Silver. Each of the polyhedral sets comes in a numbered African Mahogany box lined in a rich chocolate suede leather and inlaid to match it’s corresponding dice set. You can read more about each set in our 2017 series below:
This set features a pure dark cherry coloration typical of this Malagasy Rosewood. It’s highlighted with the natural flash of the crushed Paua Abalone shell inlay. These photos don’t do the Abalone flash justice it’s quite vivid in person.
The Bronze inlaid set has a deep rich warmth with understated striations of black cherry and more earthy tones mirrored in the Bronze inlay work. The inlay makes for a nice subtle contrasting number. The African Mahogany Box shows a darker graining in the pores that we typically see in this wood.
Our Copper inlaid set was milled from the same warm toned stock as the Bronze inlaid set and so coloration too, leans towards that earthy end of the Bois De Rose spectrum. While the Copper inlay makes for a brighter contrast in the numbering. The grain of this African Mahagony box has a nearly holographic effect.
The previous two sets lean towards the warm tones of Bois de Rose. The Electrum inlaid set resides solidly in the cooler side of the spectrum. This set has a merlot color with defined ebony striping. Electrum (Also known as German Silver) was chosen as the inlay for this set as the dark metallic flash of the alloyed copper, tin, and zinc pairs perfectly with the cooler merlot tones of the set. The holographic grain of this African Mahagony sits in nice contrast to the darker metallic Electrum Inlay.
This set being the darkest of this series, we chose the brightest of the metallic inlays for these dice. Each number is set in Sterling Silver creating a high contrast with the darkest of cherry tones and earth tones. This sets features both ends of the Bois de Rose spectrum. The blank this set was milled from was bifurcated with a defined ebony stripe, splitting the die between cool tones on one side of the split and warmer tones on the other.
Pure electric. This set has some of the most vivid tones in this series of Bois de Rose. The bright wine color is highly variegated, and paired with a crushed turquoise inlay that color becomes that much more vivid. The box is also inlaid with matching crushed turquoise and is a warmer toned African Mahogany.
In addition to the 6 polyhedral sets in the 2017 Bois de Rose series, we have also crafted 13 Bois de Rose d20s with Sterling Silver Inlay. Each of which comes in a numbered walnut box.
Please note that we will NOT ship this wood outside of the United States due to customs regulations.