bocote wood


  • A wood with many of the properties of rosewood
  • Wood is very dense and durable
  • Comes in smaller boards that can be used for many applications including musical instruments
  • Chocolate brown with streaks of gold
  • The wood dries with very little movement

Characteristics of Bocote

Origin of Wood Type Central America
Botanical Name Cordia alliodora
Specific Gravity  0.68
Avg. Weight Per BF 5 lb/bf
Color Range Black – Olive – Brown – Gold
Rarity / Availability Moderately Rare
Typical Avg. Width 1″ to 6″, very rarely found up to 10″ wide
Typical Avg. Length 2′ to 6′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.5
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Guitar Building / Instrument Making, Wood Turning, Inlaying & Box Making
Lumber Grades Select and Better
Other Trade Names Bacote, Laurel, Salmwood, Princewood, Canaletta, Solera

Bocote Lumber Detailed Pricing:

Thickness Grade Figure Type Grain Orientation Width Range Length Range Price Per BF
4/4 Select & Better None Mix 2.00″ to 6.00″ 12.00″ to 72.00″ $25.00
8/4 Select & Better None Mix 2.00″ to 6.00″ 12.00″ to 72.00″ $26.00

Sample Pictures of Bocote

Please Note: The photos below are examples of the species and may no longer be products available for sale.

All pictures of wood that appear wet, have been sprayed with denatured alcohol to show the natural color.  We use denatured alcohol because it evaporates and does not affect the moisture content.