Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) is a highly prized hardwood native to Central America, renowned for its vibrant colors ranging from yellow and orange to red and shades of brown, with potential streaks of black or purple. Its unique coloration deepens with age, adding to its allure. This wood stands out not only for its beauty but also for its exceptional durability and resistance to insect attack, thanks to its natural oils. However, its high oil content can complicate gluing and finishing processes.

Despite its allure, cocobolo poses challenges for woodworkers, including potential allergic reactions, and difficulties in machining due to its density and interlocked grain. It's a sought-after material for fine furniture, musical instruments, and specialty items, reflecting both its aesthetic appeal and working properties.

Cocobolo's scarcity and high demand have led to it being quite expensive, comparable to other rosewoods in the Dalbergia genus.