Cordia dodecandra in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Color/Appearance: Color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. It’s the Ciricote, CORDIA DODECANDRA, a member of the Borage Family, in which we also find Bluebells, Forget-me-nots, Comfrey and Borage itself.

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Central America and Mexico.

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dodecanfra Color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Quartersawn surfaces can also have ray flakes similar in appearance to those found on quartersawn Hard Maple.

The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, or to cut down on wastage.

Medium to fine texture, with good natural luster. Ziricote is reported to be naturally resistant to decay. The wood ddoecandra to develop end and surface checks during drying, which can be problematic: Also, pieces are usually available in narrow boards or turning squares, with sapwood being very common. Ziricote turns and finishes well, and in most instances, it can also be glued with no problems.

Ziricote has a mild, characteristic scent while being worked, somewhat similar to the smell of Pau Ferro. Ziricote has been shown to cause cross reactions once an allergic sensitivity to certain woods has been developed.


Woods that can cause initial sensitivity include: Pau FerroMacassar EbonyCocoboloand most rosewoods. Likely to be quite expensive, exceeding the price of some rosewoodsand approaching the cost of some types of ebony. Also, planks of Ziricote commonly have varying amounts of pale sapwood included, which can contribute to high wastage if not incorporated into a project.

Furniture, veneer, cabinetry, gunstocks, musical instruments acoustic and electric guitarsturned objects, and other small specialty wood items. A truly unique-looking wood, Ziricote has very few imitators; perhaps only the occasional piece of figured Brazilian Rosewood exhibits the same spider-webbing grain figure. Im building an ash bookcase and using Ziricote to make bookends.

Ziricote is fantastic and contrasts nicely with the black ash. Does anyone have a recommended finish for it? Polyurethane, varnish, lacquer, shellac, oils, wax????? Anything would help on brands would be great.

As a note to anyone intending to work with it.

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It is dodecandrq dusty, and the dust is somewhat sticky. I use Ziricote to build classical guitars and ukuleles. I finish them with shellac applied as French Polish techniques.

I also spray it with nitrocellulose lacquer. Be careful when spraying nitrocellulose it is very explosive. You can also just fill the pores with a sanding sealer and just buff it with Caranuba wax. This is a very beautiful wood.

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I can suggest just about any finish. I would stay away from polyurethane because they seem to darken with age. I would suggest that you use only fresh shellac when applying the finish to the wood. Use only anhydrous alcohol if dodecqndra prepare the shellac from flakes.


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Finished pieces, however, seem to slowly darken with age. I frequently use Ziricote Ciricote for projects that are to have inlaid wood. Because of the darkness of Ziricote, almost any other wood contrasts well. I own an octave mandola made by UK maker Andy Brown which has back and sides made in ciricote the Mexican spelling for this Mexican tree. It not only looks stunning but has great tonal qualities. I also use it in my wood turning for things like lace bobbins and spinning spindles.

It seems to darken a moderate amount with age. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

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