Cocobolo wood (Dalbergia
retusa) consists of orangish to reddish to brownish grains that is
favored among woodworkers of pens, knife handles, peppermills, pool
cues, bowls, among many other items. However, Cocobolo is a hard,
dense, oily wood that is known for the allergic reactions it could
have with woodworkers.
It is highly advised that precautions are taken to protect
one's breathing, eyes, and skin while working with cocobolo!
Cocobolo has a specific gravity ranging between 0.80 and 0.98. The wood's
oils make it naturally waterproof (but tough to glue!).
The trees grow
in the Pacific-coast regions of Central America, stretching roughly from Panama
to southwestern Mexico. (The Cocobolo wood sold by Exotic Woods USA
comes primarily from Mexico.)