Cocobolo 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 Central America, 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 glass-like polish. The colors range from any combination of orange, red, yellow, & black to violet. For this reason, it has also been called rainbow wood. Cocobolo can cause respiratory and/or dermatological sensitization in certain people. As with all exotic hardwoods, please use proper care and safety equipment when working.
Air dried for 3 years, this genuine Rosewood is ideal for turning! With its naturally oily properties, a stunning high polish is easily achievable. Turning Squares are considered dry while the bowl blanks may contain residual moisture. You’re sure to find lots of color and wonderful grain! There are quite a few rift and quarter sawn pieces. There may be an occasional rough edge that will easily turn away, but this material is 99% clean or better.
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