Dalbergia species in comparison:
Mex. Cocobolo (right)
Bahia Rosewood (bottom)
Names and distribution: Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) is native to Mexico down to Panama, Central America. Rare
Appearance: The ground color varies considerably from tree to tree. Ranges from yellow-brown to red with dark streaks. Cocobolo has relatively large pores, spread over the cross section in a uniform manner. Sapwood and heartwood are sharply demarcated. Deposits in vessels can be seen in longitudinal cuts. One of the most decorative timbers available.
Properties: The density of Cocobolo is about 1.05 - 1.10 t/m³ at u = 12%. When drying large cross-sections, there is a risk of cracking and surface checking. Processing is easy. Smooth surfaces can be obtained. Mucosal irritation may occur in the processing of cocobolo.
Use: Decorative veneers, high quality turnery goods, musical instruments
||ATIBT (1990): Atlas de Maderas Tropicales de América Latina
GOTTWALD (1970) Holzbestimmung der wichtigsten Handelshölzer
RICHTER, H.G. (1988) Holz als Rohstoff für den Musikinstrumentenbau, Moeck-Verl.
Note: according to the latest findings, but without any warranty