Some people consider cocobolo to
be the classic rosewood. It comes in many shades and colors.
It is a rosewood that usually has a fair amount of natural oil in the wood.
Sapwood is cream colored. The picture above represents
the look of a lightly figured piece of Mexican cocobolo. Mexican
cocobolo can also have more or less orange or brown, straight or wavy lines,
many lines or few lines. Each piece varies a lot. We also
sell cocobolo from Nicaragua or Honduras, which generally has less bold
look to the lines, but the color is more orange, and the wood may have
purple colors inside when you cut into which will turn bright orange after
a short time. Some people prefer one type or the other. Sometimes
you can't tell which country it came from by looking at it. We have
now developed a system of marking each piece to help you get an idea of
the country that piece comes from, which can be considered a general guide
to appearance. High demand for this wood from China has caused the price on the wholesale level to more than double in last couple years and has also lead to restrictions: Restricted as of June 2013, CANNOT BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE USA. As of 2018, almost none of this wood is coming in the country. No imports at all from Mexico that we are aware of. Mostly from Guatamala only, but then very little.
M= this piece comes from Mexico
H= this piece comes from Honduras
P= this piece comes from Panama
G= this piece comes from Guatamala
N= this piece comes from Nicaragua
New: pieces are color coded by country
to make it easier to see where the piece comes from!
Note: Color of photographed pieces
may deepen by the time they are sent to you. We have represented
colors as accurately as possible!
Cocobolo can no longer be shipped outside the USA due to CITES restrictions