Cocobolo - Dalbergia retusa Cocobolo is a member of the Rosewood family. This waterproof wood grows in the drier uplands on the Pacific side of Mexico down to Panama. Cocobolo wood shines up to a nice luster and can be nailed or screwed easily. It smells like lilacs while it is being sawn or sanded. Exotic Cocobolo varies in color from red to yellow-orange and striped with black to lighter black, often with hints of purple which makes for an amazing contrast. This hardwood darkens with age. Cocobolo is known for having an irritating chemical which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Generally, the irritant effect from this chemical in the wood is greatly diminished or eliminated after drying. It is strongly suggested that anyone working with Cocobolo use caution and emphasize use of proper protection. Source Region: Mexico, South America PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard return policy conditions, all costs incurred to ship wood back to Bachmann KT GmbH will be at the buyers expense. The wood cannot be machined in any way, and must have our stamp on it. Since this is a natural product, the grain may differ from the picture.