Cocobolo, Dalbergia retusa, grows on a thin band along the Pacific Coast of Mexico down through Central America. Our stock is selectively cut and logged by hand in Mexico, squared by chainsaw, and drug out of the forest by Mules. This is a very environmentally low impact procedure. Cocobolo is a true Rosewood, similar in color & tap tone to Brazilian Rosewood and considered to be a good substitute. It is denser than most Rosewoods and oilier. For best results in gluing, epoxy is recommended. Cocobolo has great working properties & turns to a naturally high polish. The colors range from any combination of orange, red, yellow, & black to violet. For this reason, it has also been called rainbow wood.
Kiln dried and surfaced on two sides. There may be an occasional pin or bug hole. Boards are 90% clean on the best face/edge and 70% or better on the opposite face/edge (incursions, 1-3” checks, rough/tapered edges). Some pieces have great color!