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 higher-grade pieces possess make this wood coveted among furniture and cabinet craftsmen, as well as both acoustic and electric guitar luthiers.
Sustainability: 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.
Common Uses: Fine furniture, cabinetry, flooring, veneer, boatbuilding, musical instruments, gunstocks, turned objects, and other small specialty wood items.
Comments: 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 with pieces grown south of Mexico.
Available on backorder
Cordia elaeagnoides, Cordia gerascanthus
|Main Color Group||
|Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3||
|Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3||
|Janka Hardness - LBF||
|Janka Hardness - Newtons||
|R1,333.82||AB||122 × 20 × 2.2 cm||BOC1008|| |
nice board with some cracks and holes.
|R1,770.78||AB||152.8 × 21.2 × 2.2 cm||BOC1007|| |
stunning board with colour variation and a few cracks on both faces
|R1,150.41||AB||152.5 × 13.8 × 2.3 cm||BOC1006|| |
stunning board with a few small cracks
|R1,267.13||AB||152.5 × 15.2 × 2.3 cm||BOC1005|| |
stunning board with a bit of sapwood and a 25cm crack on 1 end
|R1,407.00||AB||152.3 × 16.9 × 2.2 cm||BOC1004|| |
pretty board with a little sapwood and has surface check
|R1,636.05||A||152 × 17.9 × 2.3 cm||BOC1003|| |
lovely board with a little sapwood and some minor defects on 1 face
|R733.60||AB||122 × 11 × 2.2 cm||BOC1002|| |
lovely board with sapwood, some wane and a small surface check
|R993.69||AB||122 × 14.9 × 2.3 cm||BOC1001|| |
Nice board with cracks on both faces and a bit of sapwood
|R149.50||AAA||12 × 3.5 × 0.95 cm||KNIFEBOC1001|| |
Bocote Knife Scales – Bookmatched set
Minimum size 12.0 x 3.5 x 0.95 cm
|R658.38||A||122 × 11 × 2 cm||BOC1002-old|| |
Out of stock
Beautiful piece. Some sapwood. 2 holes one end, one knot.
|R1,002.48||AB||121.5 × 18.5 × 2 cm||BOC1001-old|| |
Out of stock
Stunning figure and colour variation. 20cm cracks each end
|R74.75||AAA||13 × 2 × 2 cm||PENBOCOTE1001|| |
Bocote Pen Blanks