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What is cocobolo ?

All through out Central America, you can see a tree called Cocobolo, mostly in Panama, Nicaragua and some parts of Mexico. For its different rosewoods, the tree is classified as one of the Dalbergia genus family. Almost all rosewoods are astonishing timbers. Like other rosewoods, cocobolo is enlisted as one of the extinct trees in its natural setting due to over harvesting.

The timber coming from a cocobolo tree is very hard and solid, with a very significant of one, and has numerous features that make it very attractive to craftsmen. Due to its natural smooth, oily finish, cocobolo tree does not require any finishing coats such as varnish or sealer. Furniture or any wood project with cocobolo lumber as its main material tends to last longer because the lumber is highly resistant to water and perfect even in a much-damped climate. This lumber releases fragrant aroma when harvested like most rosewoods. Cocobolo is normally orange and sometimes red in color. The lumber gives an unusual pattern when cut, making it very attractive and popular as one of the most decorative woods.

Cocobolo is most used in decorative purposes. It is famous for making musical instruments, though most music experts insist that the oily texture of cocobolo reduces the tone. However, many people still prefer musical instruments made from cocobolo for its appearance. For some musical instruments like xylophone, the density and the resonance result of cocobolo wood makes it a perfect choice.

Cocobolo wood works and furniture tend to be very expensive due to its artistic appearance and durability. Cocobolo gun, brush and knife handles are all available in high-quality examples of their kind. Bowls and boxes made from cocobolo is also everywhere, but they usually come in small sizes due to the high cost of the wood.

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