In recent years, Cocobolo has become a popular substitute for African Blackwood among Highland Bagpipe makers. Cocobolo grows in Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.
When newly turned, Cocobolo has a distinctive tiger-striped grain of yellow, orange, and purple. When finished, the wood darkens to a rich dark brown/black that still shows off the whirling grain. In contrast to its wild look, Cobobolo gives a stable, bright tone.