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COWTREE

Brosimum utile

Brosimum utile of the family Moraceae. There are a few other woods that use the common name cowtree, but it is my intent that the woods shown on this page are all Brosimum utile (and they are, to the best of my knowledge). The name palo de vaca is also, among others, used for this wood in the USA.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions


both sides of a sample plank of lechero (cowtree) / Brosimum utile


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


plank, rough planed, sold to me as cowtree (presumably Brosimum utile)


plank and end grain cut from the larger plank directly above and medium sanded


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


pair of thick planks and closeup sold to me as cowtree, presumably Brosimum utile --- the wood is not quite as orange as these pics make it look, but it has an orange tint, unlike some of my other pieces which were pretty much white (with a gray tint) once the patina was sanded off. These pieces have not been sanded but I believe that they are freshly planed. There is too much orange in these pics --- the wood is more tan.


both sides of a stick of cowtree, cut from the larger planks directly above. HUGE enlargements are present. I belive this is Brosimum utile.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above and another end grain update from an other sample cut from one of the large planks above.

web pics:


planks --- based on my own samples, I'd say that both the white and the tan colors are fairly accurate but I'm not so sure about the strong yellow color.


turning stock


veneer listed as amapa / Brosiumum utile