Fake Sandalwood?

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I am looking to bring back some Sandalwood carvings as gifts for people. I arrived in Udaipar and read that some people have bought fake Sandalwood and to watchout for that?! I have never heard of such a thing. Where would be the best place to make sure that I get the real thing? We are going to be in Chennai and Delhi, so maybe getting them there would be better?
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Originally Posted by travelingon View Post I am looking to bring back some Sandalwood carvings as gifts for people. I arrived in Udaipar and read that some people have bought fake Sandalwood and to watchout for that?! I have never heard of such a thing. Where would be the best place to make sure that I get the real thing? We are going to be in Chennai and Delhi, so maybe getting them there would be better?
well even though I am m not sure where you can get the reasl sandalwood..but maybe you can try some governemnt run shops and emporiums..as it is most of the sandalwood sold if not original..

I guess it is protected by government of India as it is endangered..infact as far as I know all the plantations are owned by the government and harvesting is done under strict control..

So it would nest to impossible to get the real thing..even if you get it, it would be very expensive..and chances are that it would illegal..
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While in Delhi visit the Karnataka state emporium on Baba Kharak Singh Marg near CP
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Agree with jyotirmoy. The Karnataka Emporium (cauvery) is stuffed with Sandalwood and the staff will not lie to you. Anyway you can make out, just smell it. Can't replicate sandalwood. the ppl who bought the 'fake' stuff probably just bought ordinary wood and had no clue what real sandalwood smells like. prices are hefty. there is no such thing cheap sandalwood.
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Originally Posted by nosianai View Post Agree with jyotirmoy. The Karnataka Emporium (cauvery) is stuffed with Sandalwood and the staff will not lie to you. Anyway you can make out, just smell it. Can't replicate sandalwood. the ppl who bought the 'fake' stuff probably just bought ordinary wood and had no clue what real sandalwood smells like. prices are hefty. there is no such thing cheap sandalwood.
u r right that emporium wont cheat..

but let me teall you..please dont be under misuderstaning that sandalwood's smell cannot be faked. .they put some thing on wood (a scent OR perfume)..the wood will smell for couple of days and after that its gone..
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I find it really difficult to tell real sandalwood from other woods with similar appearance (not fake, unless sold as 'sandalwood', just similar). In a genuine shop, the price will immediately alert you, the cheaper woods are way cheaper.

I've picked up stuff thinking it was sandalwood, and been put right by the shop staff.

I would say to go to Government/State emporia, or, here in Chennai, the Khadi Gramadyog shops (much the same thing).

I love the Khadi shops. The staff don't have an axe to grind, or money to make, and one refreshing thing is they won't chase you to buy things. Quite the opposite: you may be put off by their lazy unresponsiveness! But, ask around, and you will find that some of those staff actually know their stuff and can advise you.

Look for bargains, by all means, but don't underestimate the cost/value of Sandal. Remember, it is so valuable it is poached and smuggled by gangs. It is also illegal to take more than a tiny quantity of un-carved sandal out of the country --- not that many people would want to, surely?

<after reading previous posts>

Yes, the smell is easy to fake with a small amount of sandal-wood oil (you will be buying some of that to take home too, I hope?). Also, even the real stuff does not smell very much after some time.

But perhaps those who didn't spend decades ruining their smell nerves with tobacco smoke can say that it never entirely looses its smell. I suspect that is true.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post But perhaps those who didn't spend decades ruining their smell nerves with tobacco smoke can say that it never entirely looses its smell. I suspect that is true.
Thats true..I have read somewhere that there was some temples in India which have good amount of sandalwood used in them..and still smells after centuries..

by the way not sure where are these temples..
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Mysore is famous for sandalwood. I got some years ago when I was there.
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There is a shop inside bangalore airport, which sells sandalwood pieces & other sandalwood items.

Any govt run hadicrafts store would keep such things

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All sandalwood trees in India re govt owned have been put on the endangered list. I don't believe they cut any down, and sell only the ones that die naturally. The chances that you get anything in genuine sandalwood in India anymore is slim to none. Your best bet, as others have pointed out, is the Karnataka govt stores.
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You can buy pieces of sandal from the Chennai Khadi shop!
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To get the real stuff you have to approach a forestry official. I saw them taking out headloads of it last trip albeit quietly in daylight. One of the easiest ways to destroy wildlife is to put it in a national park arrangement. As Aristotle pointed out common property means the obvious neglect (tragedy of the commons)..
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Originally Posted by nosianai View Post Agree with jyotirmoy. The Karnataka Emporium (cauvery) is stuffed with Sandalwood and the staff will not lie to you. Anyway you can make out, just smell it. Can't replicate sandalwood. the ppl who bought the 'fake' stuff probably just bought ordinary wood and had no clue what real sandalwood smells like. prices are hefty. there is no such thing cheap sandalwood.
Unless you rub om chemical fake sandelwood odour on the wood (yes it happens). Stcik to the government imperiums.

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