Boquete Woodworkers

A place for the woodworking hobbyist, and those who do woodworking for income.

A place to buy, sell wood and tools, and to share information about wood and woodworking in the Chiriqui Province of western Panama

Members: 35
Latest Activity: Sep 13, 2017

Discussion Forum

Bring my shop or not

Started by Bob Baisley. Last reply by Guy Craig Jun 25, 2017. 7 Replies

My wife and I are looking into moving to Panama, probably around Boquete. I am retired and love woodworking. I have pretty good quality equipment. I'd like to know whether to bring my shop or buy new…Continue

Past projects

Started by Steve Gibson. Last reply by Marie McMahon Aug 26, 2016. 3 Replies

Here are a few of my past projects.…Continue

Any Activity In The Group?

Started by David Imm. Last reply by Guy Craig Aug 26, 2016. 2 Replies

I have not seen much/if any activity on this group. Is anyone out there?Posting a few pictures of some current work I am doing in a new restaurant.Would like some help identifying the woods i'm using…Continue

Need some construction help

Started by Annie. Last reply by Paul Jun 15, 2014. 4 Replies

Hello!!Back in Canada, I had a lovely friend who had all of the tools that I needed and could go to his house to borrow them to build my various projects... Now I am here in Boquete and missing him,…Continue

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Comment by Guy Craig on February 22, 2017 at 4:32pm

Anyone think there is a prettier wood in the world than cocobolo?

Comment by Al Mills on December 6, 2012 at 3:07pm

Hi,  I look forward to sharing information with fellow wookworkers.  Attached is a little vid  of a table I made.  Al Mills  Cocobolo table movie

Comment by David van Harn on September 3, 2012 at 12:21pm

The icon I have chosen for this group is cocobolo, a true rosewood of the Dalbergia family that grows in Panama, and one of the most beautiful woods in the world.   It is very hard and heavy, somewhat oily, and the dust from working with is can cause skin and respiratory problems.  However, I feel that it is well worth taking the necessary safety precautions to work with it. 

I'm gracing this first post with a picture of a gorgeous electric bass guitar in cocobolo made by Alembic, a company in Santa Rosa, CA.  Alembic was an old customer of mine, and I have a couple of friends who work there. Their work is spectacular.

While I seek out more woodworkers in Chiriqui to document and photograph their work, I suggest that people who want to see some spectacular high-end woodworking visit Christian Montaner's gallery in San Francisco Plaza.  Christian is a local Panamanian who did a three year apprenticeship in Germany.  His artistic sense, style and joinery are extremely sophisticated - comparable to some of the finest furniture I have ever seen.  He has some cocobolo pieces - wall hangings - that are artistic, simple, beautiful, and very finely crafted.  


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