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Cocobolo

Cocobolo

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$25.00

The Cocobolo tree grows throughout Central America. Generally, this wood is a "dark" wood. Only the heartwood is used: the color ranges from orange to reddish-brown in color, often with some darker irregular traces weaving through the wood.  The sapwood (not often used) is a creamy yellow, with a sharp boundary with the heartwood. 

Cocobolo is oily in look and feel. This oil lends a strong, unmistakable floral odor even to well seasoned wood and occasionally stains the hands with prolonged exposure. Standing up well to repeated handling and exposure to water, a common use is in gun grips and knife handles. It is very hard, fine textured and dense, but is easily machined, although due to the abundance of natural oils, the wood tends to clog abrasives and fine-toothed saw blades, like other very hard, very dense tropical woods. Due to its density and hardness, even a large block of the cut wood will produce a clear musical tone if struck.

Besides its use in gun grips and knife handles, Cocobolo is favored for fine inlay work for musical instruments, especially guitars, drums and basses. Most recently acoustic guitars are being made from cocobolo due to limitations in certain tonewoods. Some woodwind instruments, such as claranets, oboes and bagpipes, have been successfully made using cocobolo instead of the traditional granadilla wood.


  • Model: 015-013
  • Shipping Weight: 0.16lbs

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