Commonly known in Central America as “Chicle”. This is the tree that was discovered in 1910 to have a very thick sap that when extracted and boiled down made the base used for the growing chewing gum industry.
These trees are still used for this today and “Chicleros” still roam the forests to find trees ready for tapping. For this reason these trees are rarely cut for use in woodworking because the sap is very viscous making the wood difficult to dry. Sapodilla logs found in the rivers though have no sap in them as anaerobic bacteria removed it from the woods capillaries long ago leaving behind nothing but water.
This is beautiful material but rare to find and works well with sharp tools even though it is fairly hard. It doesn’t last long in the Online Store so if you see it there you had better grab it while you can.
Rich, The blocks came this afternoon and boy, do they look sweet. There is a problem; I think a couple of the blocks got together and made another one – there were thirteen in the bundle…not that I’m complaining. My wife loved the story of what you are doing and the story of the blocks themselves. When I get my act together I’ll send yu some pics of the seats and grips. Thank you for your generosity; it has not gone un-noted.