Monkey Pod Wood
From contributor L:
When I was in the Philippians they made salad bowls for the tourist trade out of monkey pod. It kind of looked like mahogany.
From contributor S:
Apparently they use monkey wood for carvings, salad bowls, and etc. so it shouldn't be toxic.
From Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
Monkey pod is also called monkey wood. There are several different species in the genus of Enterolobium, so that can account for the variation in appearance. There is no assurance that a common name used for this genus is not also used for another wood of a different genus, as common names are freely used by merchants.
From contributor D:
I know my brother-in-law has some trees in his yard in Kansas that he calls monkey trees. They have a reddish brown fuzz for bark on young growth and as they get older the bark becomes more like normal bark. I have not known these to get very big, and they are slow growing.
From contributor E:
I have never worked with monkey wood, but five years ago I purchased a dining set made of monkey wood. It is one of the most durable I have ever owned. It seems to be a very hard wood.
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Comment from contributor A:
Comment from contributor B:
Monkey Pod is plentiful in Hawaii. I work with it regularly and offer it in 4/4" and 8/4" at my lumber yard. I haven't seen it in veneer/plywood. It is close to working with mahogany in every way. It has a strong odor that is a little irritating. You should definitely use a respirator.
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