Cocobolo Rosewood

Common Name(s): Cocobolo, Cocobola, Cocabola

Scientific Name: Dalbergia retusa

Distribution: Central America

Tree Size: 45-60 ft (14-18 m) tall, 1.5-2 ft (50-60 cm) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 69 lbs/ft3 (1,095 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .89, 1.10

Janka Hardness: 2,960 lbf (14,140 N)

Cocobolo, a tropical hardwood, is an exotic wood native to Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, and is favored for custom pool cues, fine furniture and cabinetry, inlays, and musical instruments. The wood is very durable and strong, with a fine texture. It has streaks of red, orange and yellow and ages slightly darker. Cocobolo can be seen in a kaleidoscope of different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colors are lighter when freshly sanded/cut, and darken with age.


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