Most of the exotic woods coming from Mexico (Cocobolo, Palo Escrito, Ziricote) are now strictly regulated by the Mexican government. More importantly, there is strong evidence that nearly all of what we see entering the United States now are poached and/or illegally exported. We have examined supply chain paperwork from several new importers claiming a "clean paper-trail" and have found them to be deeply suspicious. For this reason, we are culling through our remaining stocks of these woods and offering them here for sale, even when the match between back and sides are far from perfect. Each set is pictured individually for your evaluation, so you can be the judge!
Cocobolo Rosewood grows in southern Mexico and Central America. It's a beautiful wood, which when freshly cut shows bright yellow and orange-red colors. Over time it mellows to a rich brown-red color with black streaks. It is probably as close to Brazilian Rosewood in beauty and tonal qualities as any wood. These visual and tonal features make Cocobolo a premium choice for many builders.
Cocobolo is heavier than most other Rosewoods we offer, which may contribute to its strong tone. Because it is usually oily it can sometimes be difficult to glue. Use either our FGOT12 Oak and Teak Epoxy or the FGX wood glue. Wipe the gluing surface with acetone and glue up as soon as the acetone has evaporated (usually a minute or two). Cocobolo also has excellent machining properties and can be worked well with a scraper, which will help keep dust down. Since some people have allergies to this wood it is recommended that you wear a mask or respirator when sanding.
LMI recommends wearing a dust mask/respirator when working with Cocobolo. The dust can be dangerous/toxic.