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Chakte kok Sickingia salvadorensis
DRAMATIC RED WOOD WITH STRIPES
Chakte kok, which is spelled in many ways, displays marvelous grain patterns, with wavy lines of dark brown and bright pink-red. The swirling end-grain indicates interlocking grain that needs sharp tools to work. The contrasting sapwood ages to a pale yellow. Reportedly durable, the lumber surfaces and turns well and is generally fairly easy to work. It polishes to a good luster. Some of the problems woodworkers will face are inconsistent color and narrow stock, which may increase wastage, and there is some risk of checks and insect holes.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Cuban mahogany, aguano, cobano Sources Central America, Mexico
Color Bright red and pink, with darker meandering lines
Texture Fine and uniform
Grain Straight but bound to be interlocking
Hardness Hard
Weight Medium to heavy (40 lb./cu. ft.) (640 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Because chakte kok is a lesser-known species, it is not widely available. This means, though, that it probably has not been overexploited, and that there are therefore manageable stocks that can be certified. Chakte kok could be used instead of bloodwood (Brosimum paraense).




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