Movingui & Bocote Coffee Scoop
From the Equatorial forests of Africa’s Western Congo, Movingui (Distemonanthus benthamianus ) has beautiful deep & golden yellow colors. It is also known as Nigerian Satinwood or Ayan wood. Once in a while a figured log that is not cut into veneer makes it through to the lumber market. The wood is dense and easy to work. It is used in a variety of items including cabinets to floors, jewelry boxes, veneer, furniture and turned articles. Quartersawn surfaces may be inclined to tearout during planing, and charring of the wood may occur during drilling. It glues, stains, and finishes well. Movingui trees are 100-125′ feet tall and 3-5′ ft in diameter.
Bocote (Cordia eleagnoides) is a small tree that typically produces lumber that is 3-7′ long by 3-6″ wide by 1-2″ thick. It is logged by hand with mules in a selective cutting method in Southern Mexico that is very sustainable and responsible. Bocote is related to Ziricote and possesses some similar characteristics including black lines, density, and overall appearance. This Central American hardwood is more plentiful than Ziricote so the cost is 25-35% less. Occasionally boards will have Birdseye figure, beautiful swirling patterns, and/or good variegation. Yellows fade to a tobacco brown while blacks remain. The wood is exceptional to turn, with a natural silky smooth polish that is easily attainable.
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