Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cocobolo (Dalbergia Retusa)

Status: Vulnerable (Threatened) but widely available from tree farms.

Other common names: Cocobola

Found in Central American rain forests, this member of the Fabaceae family (Dalbergia) grows to 45-60 feet in height and up to 3 foot in diameter.

Sapwood is creamy white while the heartwood is a combination of reds, oranges,blacks and purples that will darken with age and exposure. Colors vary depending on growing conditions and soil.

Very dense as with most Rosewoods, it will dull cutting tools very quickly but turns wonderfully.  Specific Gravity: .89-1.07,  Avg. Dry Weight 67 pounds per cubic foot.

Very oily wood may make it difficult to apply a finish. Oils and dust can cause allergic reactions.

Highly sought after for tonal quality. Used in Guitars, Pool Cues, Gun and Knife grips, jewelry boxes, luxury pens,etc.

The burl formations are exceptionally rare.
Mexican Cocobolo
Honduras Cocobolo
Cocobolo Burl
Mexican Cocobolo Burl with Lacquer finish

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