Splendidly fragrant and stunning to look at, finding Tanzanian sandalwood today is a demanding job. You probably have a better chance of finding old Mysore than old African sandalwood heartwood.
The wood itself shows a handsome grain that's unique among sandalwood varieties, which is why we carved the entire Tanzanian sandalwood relic featured on the The Morning Oud Show into tasbihs (or rosaries). So, if you’re looking for artwork crafted from this elegant texture, check this out.
While the Tanzanian Sandal Tasbih showcases master artisanship and can be used for daily dhikr, these pieces are meant to be smelled.
Many have wondered if we’ll offer remnants of the Tanzanian carving for use as incense, so here you go.
The pieces went straight from the carving lathe into a bag, so you'll see some are still layered in dust (which makes them look light-colored and whitish), while some were polished but never used.
The scent is deliciously santal-spicy, and on top of the creamy butter aroma in top-notch Indian sandalwood, Tanzanian santal also oozes an animalic, musky aroma you don’t smell in other varieties. Remarkably, the smell of these granules heated smells closer to Santal Royale (the muskiest sandalwood oil I know of) than the Mysore granules they were distilled from!
Rare raw Tanzanian sandalwood shavings, strips, beads, half beads, uncarved imamas, and slices spat back by the cutting blade, these unused carving pieces that went into making our Tanzanian Santal Tasbih make for a satisfying sandalwood burn.
If you own the tasbih, you get a glimpse behind the scenes into the carving of the first and only Tanzanian sandalwood tasbih I know of. Not just that, I know you’ve been tempted to shave off a bead and heat it! I don’t blame you. But now you don’t have to. Heat a half-carved bead or remnants from the carving to enjoy this creamy musk-spicy santalicious wave flood your home.
I was planning to save these cuts as mementos — this sandalwood antique went from Africa to the Far East, to Jordan, then to Turkey and back, over many years. I'll still save a few bits for myself. But I’m happy to share the rest with you. Enjoy!