Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) was chosen for its spectacular  grain pattern and intense color. Cocobolo is in the Rosewood family and is one of today’s most prized lumbers for its outstanding color and figure. Reports indicate that Cocobolo is stronger and denser than Brazilian Rosewood. Cocobolo is in limited supply, is in high demand and is quite expensive.

Holly (Ilex opaca) was chosen for its nearly grain-free appearance, giving the rich look of ivory. It makes an ideal companion to show off the color and intensity of Cocobolo. Holly is seldom available for commercial sale, It is an expensive domestic lumber, and is usually only available in small quantities and sizes.