This beautiful yarn bowl is hand turned from the exotic species of wood called Cocobolo or Tigerwood. The colors you see are the natural colors of the wood. Following is information about Tigerwood:
Tigerwood is known by a variety of names – Brazilian koa, Congowood, African walnut, coubaril, bototo, zorrowood or muiracatiara, to name a few. Tigerwood may also refer to several different species of trees: Coula edulis, a tree species from tropical western Africa from Sierra Leone to Angola, Lovoa trichilioides, also African in origin, or Goncalo alves in South America (primarily Brazil). They all are evergreen varieties that prefer tropical or subtropical growing conditions, and all feature the same dramatic grain patterning, although the color may vary from region to region. With trees growing up to a height of 80 feet or more, it can be found in the top canopy of forests as well as the lower story.
Tigerwood is considered very dense and heavy with a Janka hardness up to 2160 depending on the growing region (67% harder than Red Oak at 1210). Tigerwood is extremely popular not only for exterior use but also for furniture work, veneers, flooring and other wood projects where the dramatic look gives a certain flair to the finished product.
This Tigerwood yarn bowl can accommodate multiple colors of yarn. When not in use your yarn bowl makes a dramatically stunning decoration to hold your project and yarn. I can attest to the hardness of this wood. I was able to sand the cut to a glass like finish but it wore out several sheets of sandpaper. I also sanded off the fingerprints on my thumbs and index fingers. My cell phone did not recognize my fingerprint for several days.
I opened my shop last year and am having a great time acquiring and repurposing these bowls. In the coming weeks I will continue to add wooden yarn bowls as I complete them. In the past I have made yarn bowls out of Teak, Rosewood, Tigerwood, Monkey Pod, Black Walnut, Maple, Oak, Olive Wood, Mango, Cherry, Elm, Cedar Root, Honey Locust, Acacia, Box Elder, California Cypress, Cottonwood, and Shan Mu Root. I do not turn the bowls myself. I use both new and slightly used bowls I find from a variety of sources and only bowls measuring a minimum of 7 inches in diameter.