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Bocote

Cordia elaeagnoides, Cordia gerascanthus
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Bocote
Bocote Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

With colors ranging from its typically golden brown base, to its dark brown and black striped accents, the surface of Bocote is perhaps best known for the many tiny “eyes” adorning the grain patterns of the highly-decorated, more visually stunning examples of the species. (These eyes are not to be confused with knots, as they pose no issues when machining.) The striking aesthetics that higher-grade pieces possess, make this wood coveted among furniture and cabinet craftsmen, as well as both acoustic and electric guitar luthiers.

Not currently listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. That said, given the recent poaching epidemic taking place in Mexico over the last several years, this status — as well as other Mexican woods, such as Ziricote, Camatillo and Katalox — could be changing in the very near future.

Why We Love This Wood

Despite its oily nature, Bocote is surprisingly cooperative when gluing. It also turns and finishes well, although certain pieces may contain varying degrees of silica, which can dull blades when cutting. Sometimes the heartwood base can be a bright but muted orange in pieces grown south of Mexico.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupLight Brown
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF4.4
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3855
    Janka Hardness - LBF2010
    Janka Hardness - N8950
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    Bocote-Standard-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
    Standard
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    27
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    Bocote-Standard-5/4Live-edgedboards

    5/4 Live-edged boards

    Standard
    bf
    29
    bf
    no
    Bocote-Standard-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    29
    bf
    no

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    Bocote
    Knot hole
    BOC1238
    37.5 × 5.06 × 0.81 in

    Knot hole

    $48.90

    Bocote
    Knot hole
    BOC1238
    37.5 × 5.06 × 0.81 in

    $48.90

    Bocote
    BOC1238
    37.5 × 5.06 × 0.81 in

    $48.90

    Bocote
    Small knot hole
    BOC1237
    34.44 × 5.06 × 0.81 in

    Small knot hole

    $49.40

    Bocote
    Small knot hole
    BOC1237
    34.44 × 5.06 × 0.81 in

    $49.40

    Bocote
    BOC1237
    34.44 × 5.06 × 0.81 in

    $49.40

    Bocote
    Awesome board
    BOC1236
    48 × 4.69 × 0.81 in

    Awesome board

    $63.82

    Bocote
    Awesome board
    BOC1236
    48 × 4.69 × 0.81 in

    $63.82

    Bocote
    BOC1236
    48 × 4.69 × 0.81 in

    $63.82

    Bocote
    Small wane on each end
    BOC1235
    60.06 × 5.19 × 0.81 in

    Small wane on each end

    $88.37

    Bocote
    Small wane on each end
    BOC1235
    60.06 × 5.19 × 0.81 in

    $88.37

    Bocote
    BOC1235
    60.06 × 5.19 × 0.81 in

    $88.37

    Bocote
    Crack, knot hole
    BOC1234
    60.06 × 5.69 × 0.81 in

    Crack, knot hole

    $88.07

    Bocote
    Crack, knot hole
    BOC1234
    60.06 × 5.69 × 0.81 in

    $88.07

    Bocote
    BOC1234
    60.06 × 5.69 × 0.81 in

    $88.07

    Bocote
    Small wane, wormholes
    BOC1233
    60.06 × 5.06 × 0.81 in

    Small wane, wormholes

    $86.15

    Bocote
    Small wane, wormholes
    BOC1233
    60.06 × 5.06 × 0.81 in

    $86.15

    Bocote
    BOC1233
    60.06 × 5.06 × 0.81 in

    $86.15

    Bocote
    Very Nice board, 2' live edge
    BOC1232
    71.94 × 5.19 × 0.88 in

    Very Nice board, 2′ live edge

    $105.85

    Bocote
    Very Nice board, 2' live edge
    BOC1232
    71.94 × 5.19 × 0.88 in

    $105.85

    Bocote
    BOC1232
    71.94 × 5.19 × 0.88 in

    $105.85

    Bocote
    Checks, knots
    BOC1231
    60.13 × 4.38 × 0.88 in

    Checks, knots

    $67.88

    Bocote
    Checks, knots
    BOC1231
    60.13 × 4.38 × 0.88 in

    $67.88

    Bocote
    BOC1231
    60.13 × 4.38 × 0.88 in

    $67.88

    Bocote
    Small wane
    BOC1230
    60.06 × 4.38 × 0.88 in

    Small wane

    $74.58

    Bocote
    Small wane
    BOC1230
    60.06 × 4.38 × 0.88 in

    $74.58

    Bocote
    BOC1230
    60.06 × 4.38 × 0.88 in

    $74.58

    Bocote
    Nice board
    BOC1228
    30.44 × 3.19 × 0.88 in

    Nice board

    $27.53

    Bocote
    Nice board
    BOC1228
    30.44 × 3.19 × 0.88 in

    $27.53

    Bocote
    BOC1228
    30.44 × 3.19 × 0.88 in

    $27.53

    Bocote
    Wane
    BOC1227
    48 × 5 × 0.88 in

    Wane

    $68.04

    Bocote
    Wane
    BOC1227
    48 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $68.04

    Bocote
    BOC1227
    48 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $68.04

    Bocote

    Cracked, checks, knots.

    BOC1225
    60.38 × 4.5 × 0.88 in

    Cracked, checks, knots.

    $63.02

    Bocote

    Cracked, checks, knots.

    BOC1225
    60.38 × 4.5 × 0.88 in

    $63.02

    Bocote
    BOC1225
    60.38 × 4.5 × 0.88 in

    $63.02

    Bocote

    Knots, checks, cracks.

    BOC1222
    50.25 × 3.25 × 0.88 in

    Knots, checks, cracks.

    $37.88

    Bocote

    Knots, checks, cracks.

    BOC1222
    50.25 × 3.25 × 0.88 in

    $37.88

    Bocote
    BOC1222
    50.25 × 3.25 × 0.88 in

    $37.88

    Bocote

    Cracked, checks, knots.

    BOC1219
    59.81 × 6.81 × 0.88 in

    Cracked, checks, knots.

    $94.47

    Bocote

    Cracked, checks, knots.

    BOC1219
    59.81 × 6.81 × 0.88 in

    $94.47

    Bocote
    BOC1219
    59.81 × 6.81 × 0.88 in

    $94.47

    Bocote

    Cracks.

    BOC1216
    63.13 × 11.69 × 1.25 in

    Cracks.

    $237.74

    Bocote

    Cracks.

    BOC1216
    63.13 × 11.69 × 1.25 in

    $237.74

    Bocote
    BOC1216
    63.13 × 11.69 × 1.25 in

    $237.74

    Other Species

    Osage Orange - Argentine

    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange.  The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects.  It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, carving, crafting, inlay, specialty items
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    Common Uses
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    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, inlay, specialty items, turnings
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    Common Uses
    tamarind-spalted
    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
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    Common Uses
    chakte-viga
    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
    Detail
    Common Uses
    longhi
    Birch - Yellow

    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, crafting, flooring, furniture
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    Common Uses
    birch-yellow
    Alder

    Considered to be the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Red Alder has long been used in the region for furniture and cabinetry production — as well as being a popular choice for electric guitar bodies dating back to when the instrument first went into mass production, in the 1950’s. Ranging in color from a light tan to reddish brown, Alder has a soft, lightweight stature — which makes the wood very easy to work, and it finishes and glues well.

    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, lutherie, millwork, musical Instruments
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