Bocote has a yellowish brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. The color tends to darken with age, and the grain patterning can be quite striking, particularly on flatsawn areas. It’s not uncommon to see many “eyes” and other figuring in Bocote, but unlike knots, they do not seem to present any special challenges in machining. The grain on most decorative pieces is usually figured in some way, and also tends to be interlocked, though pieces with plain and straight grain can also be found. Bocote has a medium uniform texture and a naturally oily/waxy fee with good natural luster.

Janka Hardness:

2,010 lbf 

Average Dried Weight:

53 lbs/ft3 (855 kg/m3)


Some species may contain silica, which will dull cutters. On the whole, Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results. Although Bocote has a fairly high amount of natural oils present, gluing is usually problem-free. Bocote also turns and finishes well.