COCOBOLO - Dalbergia retusa


NAME: Cocobolo
BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia retusa
ALSO KNOWN AS: Granadilla, Funera, Palo negro, Cocobolo prieto
RANGE: Central American highlands from Panama to Mexico
STRENGTH PROPERTIES: Denser and stronger than Brazilian rosewood. Excellent drying properties free of surface and end checking. Low shrinkage, high stability. Very low moisture absorption.
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Excellent machining characteristics; natural oils give the wood a good polish, but make it unsuitable for gluing. Fine dust may produce a rash.
USES: Cutlery handles, inlay work, brush backs, musical and scientific instruments, jewelry boxes, chessmen, and other specialty items.