I bought a pallet of cocobolo scraps. Some of it looks just like rosewood,
but most of it is rather orange. I thought it was just normal variation
until I found a piece that was orange on one side and brown on the other.
I have some kingwood that was purple to start with, but browned up some
after I used it; presumably the cocobolo is doing the same?
I got about 150 pounds for $50. About a quarter went to firewood
immediately and the rest will probably be reduced by half when I trim it to
useable pieces, but still gives me a huge amount of wood for little
projects. Now I just need some little projects.
Cocobolo is a rosewood, but if you got 150 lb. for $50 I have to wonder if
what you have is really Dalbergia retusa. A quick test is to take a piece and
throw it in water, if it sinks it may be cocobolo.
It should head for the bottom with purpose.
What is happening is that the CITES restrictions have encouraged the loggers
to market less well known species, often using common names, or mislabeling
Sometimes the wood is actually more workable and prettier than the species it
is claimed to be, and often difficult to identify without leaves or bark.
When fresh, some of it does have an orangy color. Some of it has a deep
purple color. Much of it has very light to white sap wood. Typically the
wood is darker burgandy ro dark red with dark grain.
Over time Cocobolo will darken like many woods.
I made a coffee table some 25 years ago with Cocobolo on the top, Padauk fo
for the legs and skirt and Walnut for accent.
I'll post a picture on a.b.p.w.
Sounds like you got a pretty good deal either way. In Houston the stuff in
very random S2S sizes usually goes for more than $10 per BF.
The dust is an irritant, makes my sinuses run lake a river during direct
exposure but for me a wipe down with a damp cloth immediately cures the
cocobolo has the most distinct grain with bold grain lines in multiple
colors. I don't think there is another wood that shows this as much.
kingwood does but it is far more money so that's not an issue.
as otters said it does change color but some can be pretty light to
begin with and stay lighter then others pieces. I had some that was
almost white when I cut it then turned a light orange with age (not
the sapwood either) I have had some that was Dar purple with all black
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