Bog oak, approx. 2650 years old! Arrival in Hamburg on 6th march

According to the dendrochronological investigation from the OTTO-FRIEDRICH-UNIVERSITÄT BAMBERG, the oak logs had been lying in the river 'Elbe' for about 2500 years and were discovered in the shipping channel by chance. The largest tree has become over 200 years old.
In summer of 2022, the logs were salvaged and then offered at the wood log submission in Saxony- Anhalt.

At that very submission, the log sections and fragments were assessed and evaluated by us. W could get 14 of the 15 sections, which were delivered to our log yard on the 6th of march 2023, divided and sawn in the same week. The fast processing of the super wet logs is necessary to avoid cracking, because the wood can dry better and more evenly when sawn.
So far, the wood shows a beautiful dark, slightly bluish color, light zones appear only in the core or at the knots.
The wood will probably find use in art turnery and carpentry for furniture. Bog oak is a popular wood for unique writing instruments, knife handles or furniture not only because of its color, but also because of its historical context.


Top quality Macassar Ebony lumber

After a few months of work and a visit to our local supplier in Indonesia, we received a load of Macassar ebony a few months ago. After unloading, the wood was sorted, graded and measured, now it is ready for sale.
We can offer 26 mm and 52 mm thicknesses, lengths from about 2.0 - 4.0 m in top quality. For more details please send your inquiry to

Botanical name: Diospyros celebica
Family: Ebenaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
The heartwood of Macassar Ebony is very decorative due to its dramatic, striped appearance. It is black interspersed with brown or brown-red streaks of varying widths.
Macassar is a very hard and heavy wood, the pores are very small. It is easy to cut and plane, turn, carve and polish. The wood is used in cabinet making, musical instrument making, for billiard cues and veneer.


Information regarding the 19th Cites-Conference

Dear partners and customers,

We would like to inform you about changes and new listings of woods in the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): CITES: several important wood species to be protected in future

The 19th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was held in Panama City from November 14 to 25. Several important wood species (e.g. Padouk, Ipé and Cumarú) were listed on Appendix II of the Convention, which means that special permits for export and import will be required in the future.

In the future, the following species of the genera listed below will be listed on Appendix II of CITES:

- Genus Dipteryx spp. (Cumarú)
- Genera Handroanthus spp., Roseodendron spp., and Tabebuia spp. (Ipé)
- Genus Afzelia spp. (Doussié) - African population
- Genus Pterocarpus spp. (Padouk) - African population
- Genus Khaya spp. (Khaya) - African population

For all of the above new listings, Note #17: logs or blocksof wood, sawn wood, veneer sheets, plywood, and processed wood (Note: in our view, "processed wood" corresponds to planed wood).

CITES listings generally become effective after 90 days. For Afzelia, Pterocarpus and Khaya this means an entry into force on 23.02.2023. For Ipé and Cumarú a transition period of 24 months was negotiated, these listings will enter into force on 25.11.2024.*

A listing on CITES Appendix II does not mean a trade ban. Instead, special permits are required for export and import. For this, the respective authorities in the country of origin must confirm that the logging was legal and that the continued existence of the species was not endangered as a result. These authorities then issue a CITES export permit, which can be used to apply for an import permit from the respective authority in the importing country (in Germany: BfN).

This letter is intended as first, non-binding information and makes no claim for completeness and/or legal compliance.

An overview about the listed species can be found on the website of German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (

*corrected on 01.02.2023 (Before: According to the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), this transition period will also apply from 23.2.2023, i.e. these listings will enter into force on 23.2.2025.)



from 9 AM to 4 PM - more information will follow!

participating exhibitors:

Kurt Lotzen - Kids toy maker NEW
Mirjam Poller - wood jewelery NEW
Antje Eickmeier - HolzKunstWerte woodsculpting NEW
Henning Eberhardt - Historical tools NEW
Christoff Borowski - model making NEW
Sylke Dawartz - Alles rund um Artenschutz NEU

Hans Weissflog - turning wood art
Martin Steinert - Drechselzentrum Erzgebirge
Sascha Stoelp - Writing Turning Flipping
Jürgen Kusel - Working with hardwood
Norbert Zeplien - writing tools
Wolfgang Jansen - wood art and writing tools
Dr. Gerald Koch - Thünen Institut
Dr. Uwe Noldt - Wood pests

Stefan Siegmund - RBZ Eckener Schule Flensburg
Manfred Timpe - HausDrei e.V.

Arbortech tools - Udo Arens
Kay Busch - Pytha - 3D CAD System

Richard Stanley - Furniture & object design
Jörg Gesell - Capricorno Naturhaus Oils & Waxes
Frank Jürgens - Knifemaker
Dirk Jungbluth - Kloster Ukulele
Rolf Gruda - Mosaics out of wood
Hermann Borghardt - Bow and arrow
Ira Riepen - Die Holzeule
Dirk Jahns - turning wood art
Das Drechsler-Forum


Advent calendar deals in the online shop!

Daily deals in our Advent Calendar in our Online shop Edelholzshop.
Woodturning blocks, scantlings and dimensions, nuts and decorative fruits, woods for musical instruments, table tops and lumber. The special products from the Advent calendar are only available in the online store by placing an order with the correct daily discount code. The code will be displayed in the overview. Be quick - the code only works one day.


Now ready for sale: 'Altes Land' pear wood

A quick reminder:
In February 2021 we had the opportunity to purchase a shipment of pear trees from the 'Altes Land' (very close by Hamburg), after cutting, steaming and drying they are finally ready for sale after almost two years.
We planed some boards to show you the great structure of the pear wood!


1000 year old wooden remains - an exciting find of the Archaeological Museum Hamburg

In the fall of 2019, very well preserved oak logs and alder logs were found during excavations in Hamburg City, they were remains of the ring-shaped fortification of the 'Neue Burg', which was built approximately in the years from 1021 to 1023.
The logs were arranged in box shaped structure and used for the construction of the 36 m wide ring wall. With a diameter of 180 m, this structure is the largest known Saxon castle in the north, in the former empire of the Billunger.
Fortunately, the subsoil at the site is very moist, which has preserved the wood very well over this long period in the ground.
We are very pleased that we were able to participate in this great project to help drying the wood.

The drying process proved to be a special challenge as the logs contained an extreme amount of moisture. Although there had already been successful test dryings, there was a real risk that the valuable finds would decay in the meantime.

Preserved deep in the ground, wrapped in clover and clay and deprived of all oxygen, the wood survived for about 1000 years, but after the salvage it had to be done quickly in order to preserve the finds.

The foils were protecting the logs during transport to us to at least reduce the moisture evaporating too quickly.

For optimal drying, we stacked the logs with spacers evenly distributed, installed several probes at different points to be able to closely follow the progress of drying on the computer and monitor various measurements for an optimal result.

The result can be marveled at in the Archaeological Museum Hamburg. In addition, there is a series of manufactured exclusive knives and writing utensils made of the bog oak.

Thank you for the cooperation!

Source: AMH, Further information:



Archäologisches Museum Hamburg

Museumsplatz 2

21073 Hamburg



Botanical name: Guaiacum sanctum, coulteri, officinale

Origin: Central America

After several years of work together with our Mexican partners, we have managed to offer Lignum Vitae again.

This wood is characterized by high oil content and enormous mechanical strength, which makes it a valuable raw material not only in woodturning and art, but also in the industry.
Lignum Vitae is used in industry for the construction of shaft bearings, (e.g. in water power and wind power), for sliding blocks or also for plane soles.
Due to its high oil content, Lignum Vitae has a lubricating effect, contact materials do not need to be externally supplied with lubricant, because the oil of the wood by itself ensures low friction.


We can offer Lignum Vitae as round logs in various sizes. Blocks, scantlings or other cuts can be produced on request.
The wood is unique, no other material has these properties!

Lignum Vitae is protected by CITES, if you want to learn more about that click here.


If you are interested, please send an e-mail to



The Open House on 04.06.2022 was very special for us.
Due to the two-year pandemic break, we were very much looking forward to the event together with you!
Many thanks to all exhibitors for their commitment, without you we wouldn't be able to organize the open house.

A huge thank you goes to our Thomas, who organized most this event with a lot of fun. THANK YOU!

This year there were so many handicraft works to see with a lot of attention to detail and - what we all probably have in common - with a lot of love for the natural material wood! Whether amateur woodworkers, woodturners or professionals, who have been working with wood for decades, everyone contributed their part to this successful day.

The most beautiful thing is the diolog that can take place here. We are happy to be able to offer all wood enthusiasts a "platform" where they can exchange ideas about their wood projects or the refinement of ideas and concepts. Inspiration and advice on top and all in a relaxed personal atmosphere.

This year we had so many exhibitors, than ever before, 25 ! This meant a great variety of wood crafts, wood knowledge; accessories and tools which could be experienced.

Turning demonstrations where pens, balls and boxes were made live with spectacular techniques were very popular with visitors, around these stands small crowds formed again and again whenever active turning was going on. A big highlight were Hans Weissflog and his son Jakob, who had a small but nice stand in the east hall. Interested people could ask their questions and watch the technique of the experienced woodturner in detail.

Wood care products and tools/accessories were offered in a wide selection from Naturhaus and Steinert Drechselzentrum Erzgebirge and Writing, Turning, Flipping. For carpenters and furniture designers very interesting: the 3D scan program from Pytha could be demonstrated.

In our wood store the day started quite relaxed, but between 11 and 1 o'clock it was very full and people bougt the wood for their next projects.

The biggest wood fans first took a close look at our large table with the many turning blocks to find the best pieces first. But there was no reason to worry, more of it was stored as usual in the back of the shelves together with scantlings and blocks in various types of wood.

Across the street at number 10, wood samples from the Thünen Institute were examined more closely, information was provided about wood pests, and there was a lively exchange of views on specialist topics.
Leather crafts and sculpture from the Flensburg School, where visitors could try their hand at, were also interesting stations for the younger visitors.

You could "test hear" instruments at the instrument makers. Here we had ukuleles and woodwind instruments on site. If you not only wanted to see but also hear the differences between the types of wood used in instrument making, this was the place to be. It was very interesting to see how differently the types of wood used affect the tone of the instrument. Thus, there is an enormous amount of leeway in tone color when different types of wood are combined in instrument making. The quality of the wood of course plays an extremely important role here.

A wide spectrum was also shown by our knife makers and bow makers, whether handmade knives, blanks, different materials, accessories and much more. Always great to see how wood and steel can be combined into a high quality, useful object and still look so great.
Wooden objects, mosaics, furniture, jewelry, cutting boards, pens, decorations, tins and bowls, lovingly handcrafted, could be purchased on this day, for a bit of wood charm at home.

We are very satisfied with a successful event, motivating have been this year again especially the great feedback we have received from our visitors, exhibitors and in the end it rewards all the work of the organization of such an event.


Finally! We have been waiting for a long time! Now we would like to invite you to our open door event on 4 th June 2022 from 09.00 AM to 16.00 PM. The entrance is free!

In addition to our proven exhibitors, this time we were able to arrange with new faces, from furniture making, object design, instrument making, carving, sculpting, woodturning, to bow and knife making, who will be happy to present their best works and exchange ideas with you on topics related to wood.

At the stands you can discover decorative items for home, jewelry, carved objects, furniture, musical instruments and much more.
We would like to share our passion for the material wood with you and inspire people. With this unique natural product, the possibilities are not limited.

Like every year, we are preparing a large table with selected, particularly beautiful and unusual pieces for you to purchase.

You can buy lunch with sausage, french fries and softdrinks or coffee and cake on site.

[As of 01.06.2022] Currently, no more Corona regulations are prescribed & the weather forecast looks promising!!! :)

Note: we will take pictures and videos for advertisements and our website.

Presenting artists: [More will be posted soon]

Hans Weissflog - Turning wood artist

Stefan Steigerwald - Knifemaker

Sascha Stölp/ Starbond Europa - Writing Turning Flipping

Frank Jürgens - Knifemaker

Dr. Gerald Koch/ Thünen Institut

Dr. Uwe Noldt - Wood insects

Norbert Zeplien - Pens

Wolfgang Jansen - Pens & woodwork

Jürgen Kusel - Woodwork

Hermann Straeten - Woodturning

Hermann Borghardt & Thies Köhn - Bows & Knifes

Manfred Timpe - HausDrei e.V.

Marcus Meyer - Art and form


Richard Stanley - Furniture & Object design

Mario Marquardt - Leather artwork

Detlev Albers - Music instruments

Dirk Jungbluth - Ukuleles

Martin Steinert - Drechselzentrum Erzgebirge

Jörg Gesell - Capricorno Naturhaus Oils & Waxes

David Winning - Cat trees

Rolf Gruda - Wooden mosaic work

Stefan Siegmund - RBZ School Flensburg - Carving

Pytha - 3D CAD System

Fabian Drobny - Woodwork

Dirk Jahns - Finest Wood Products




Two containers of Black Walnut arrived at our yard!



Dear wood friends,

it's time again for the Advent calendar in our online shop! From 01 December onwards, there will be daily surprises in our Edelholzshop!

Turning blocks, scantlings, nuts and dried fruits, wood for musical instrument making, tree slabs, table tops and lumber.
The special products from the Advent Calendar are only available in the online shop by placing an order and entering the correct daily discount code. You will find the code in the Advent calendar overview at daily from 9 a.m. But be careful - the code is only valid for one day!


Merry Christmas!

Your Max Cropp Team


Parota table tops

Extreme big Parota table tops - 65 or 80 mm thick slabs, up to 3,80 m length, widthts up to 2 m

more information here:


Botanical name: Enterolobium cyclocarpum

Origin: Central America

Other Names: Devil's Ear, Earpod tree


Brazilian Rosewood - very good quality

Brazilian Rosewood [Bot.: Dalbergia decipularis].


Belonging to the Leguminosae family, other names for Brazilian Rosewood are: Jacaranda Rosa, Pau de Fuso, Pinkwood,

Origin: Northeastern Brazil and the surroundings of Bahia and Pernambuco.


The brazilian rosewood in the Video comes from an old stock and has a very good quality, which is very rare. The wood is very finely striped and has an intense color - just as it should be!


The heartwood of Brazilian Rosewood features a striking multi-colored striped grain, from purple-red to salmon-pink to rose-red. Older wood loses some of its color intensity, but it remains an exquisitely beautiful species. The grain is mostly alternating and irregular. The wood structure is medium-fine to fine. The wood has a pleasant mild smell, especially when worked, this pleasant rosy smell is noticeable.


Brazilian Rosewood is a very hard, dense and strong wood that is naturally lustrous and polishes very well to a high gloss.

It is often used in cabinetmaking, musical instrument making, and woodturning. Because of its fine grain, it works well on smaller surfaces, making it a good choice for knives and writing instruments.


The pieces we have available are suitable for making flutes, knife handles, pens, for decorative elements and much more.


Zebrawood lumber, square edged, KD, 52 mm thickness

Zebrano lumber, square edged, kiln dried, 52 mm thickness available, lengths from 2,4 - 2,8 m, widhts from 15 - 30 cm

Botanical name: Microberlinia brazzavillensis
Family: Fabaveae
Other names: Zebrano, Zingana, Zebrawood, Amouk, Enuk-Enug
Country of origin: West Africa, mainly Cameroon and Gabon

The very decorative Zebrawood is popular in carpentry for building tables and home furniture.
Zebrawood is also used as veneer in luxury automobiles or in guitar building as tops and bottoms, or as bodies for basses.

If you are interested, please send us your request to



Just recently delivered to us!
Rather an unusual picture in our warehouse: Root wood and a few stems, gnarled grown from the desert in Namibia. Each piece is very unique.
The species are Mopane, Ironwood (Colophospermum), Kameldornholz (Acacia erioloba) and Faidherbia Albida (Mimosengewächs). Certainly interesting for art objects, sculptures, lamp bases or even for casting in epoxy resin.
In September we will go through the pieces and publish some of them in our online shop. You are also welcome to visit us and have a look for yourselves.



New arrival: Swiss stone pine [Bot.: Pinus cembra], already dried and ready for processing


We are happy with this new delivery of stone pine in great quality. This wood has a very nice scent and therefore has a great effect on the indoor climate. That is why it is often used for beds, (it is said) for having a peaceful and restful sleep.

Of course, its attractive appearance also makes it perfect for shelves or other wood projects.

Available in 32, 40 and 50 mm thickness. If you are interested, send your request by e-mail to



Claro Walnut table tops, 65 mm thick, up to 3 m long, widths up to 1.2 m. Something very special!

The table tops are online in our shop. Click here.




Dear wood friends, 

unfortunately we have to cancel our open house event on 05.06.2021 due to Covid-19. ☹
What a pity! But the most important thing is that we still motivate each other and continue with what we enjoy! - Making stuff out of wood!

So we still have some surprises for you:

  • like last year there will be a discount code* here on! The discount campaign runs on 5th of june to 6th of june 2021 and you will get a discount of 20% on turing wood, dimensions, dry fruits and selected single pieces in the category special offers with entering this code: CROPP-2021
  • in addition to that we would like to take you on a virtual tour of ourcompany property!
    On Saturday, the 5th of june 2021 we will publish a link in our online shop and on our homepage, which will take you directly to the tour! You should definitely have a look - it's worth it. If you find the solution of the riddle and send it to us by e-mail, you have the chance to win one of three prizes** - you will find more information about the giveaway contest in the virtual tour from 5th of june 2021.

In June 2022 we would like to catch up on everything we had planned for 2020 and 2021 and we are looking forward to it!

We wish you a lot of fun with the riddle, stay interested in wood, but above all: stay healthy!

Your team from Max Cropp!

*Only when entering the correct discount code in the order process in our online store The discount code is valid from 5th of june 2021 00.00 o' clock to 6th of june 2021 23.59 o' clock.

**The products to be won can be found in the virtual tour from 5th of june 2021. To participate in the raffle, all you have to do is send an email with the correct solution to by the 12th of june 2021 23:59. The logged time of the email receipt is valid.
The winners will be picked randomly and notified by e-mail by the 15th of june 2021. The prizes will only be sent to countries within the European Union!
By participating in the competition, you consent to the collection and use of your e-mail address. We collect, store and process this personal data for the implementation and processing of the contest and to notify you in case of a win. The data will not be passed on to third parties. You can revoke your consent at any time by sending us a message. Your data will then be deleted.



At the auction in Waging am See in Bavaria at the end of January, we were able to get some roundlogs.
We will soon get ash, walnut, pear, maple and elm logs from this place.
On autions we buy only a part of our european hardwoods, which we then process further. However, the purchase of raw material takes place not only at auctions, but also at sawmills or directly from forest owners.
A personal assessment is paretty important to us in order to guarantee high, consistent quality for our customers.
We pay special attention to unusual logs and rarities, such as burl or fiddleback logs.
After the purchase and transport to us to Hamburg, the logs are classified and divided for later use.
A small part will be sold as rundlogs to the veneer industry, the larger part will be sold to the furniture industry and trade after cutting and drying.



Recently we received a delivery of pearwood logs.
The logs origin is ‚das Alte Land‘, it is just around the corner from us and these trees belonged to an old plantation. Fruit trees from plantations usually don't grow very tall and also they have many branches on the lower trunk to harvest the fruits easily.
We will produce lumber out of these logs and we expect an expressive and rustic look due to the many branches. To intensify the color, we will also steam this batch.
It will probably take about a year before furniture can be made out of this, but we are already looking forward to it.

Update 01.03.2021

We were finally able to cut the pearwood roundlogs into lumber. Because of the cold weather we had to wait a bit more.



Parota table tops are available again!
Lengths from 2.80 m, widths up to 1.28 m, 65 mm thick, kiln dried

The tree is growing in central america. There it is also called "Guanacaste", it ist he national tree of Costa Rica and the province of Guanacaste in the northwest of the country was named after it. The species is also called the Elephant's Ear tree because of the shape of the seeds. Other names are Devil's Ear, Earpod tree.
The heartwood is light to medium brown, sometimes a red hue is possible. The heartwood often appears with darker brown streaks. The sapwood stands out clearly from the heartwood due to its pale yellow color. The structure of the wood is quite coarse-pored. Parota is used for interior builds, boat building and turned objects.


For more information about dimensions and prices click here:


Dear wood fans,

slowly we start to plan our open house event on 5th of June 2021.

In 2021 we want to give you the opportunity to show your wood work projects in our exhibition.

- you have the chance to show your creative work with wood and sell some stuff if you want
- there are 15 stands available
- no stand fees
- bring your own tables
- send us a short info about you

More information will follow...



Birch burl [Bot.: Betula spp.]
Other names: Common birch, white birch, bouleau
Origin: Europe, North Asia

Birches can reach an age of up to 160 years. They can reach a height of 30 m, in some cases they grow even higher.
Special features are the partially occurring flame and ice-birch patterns. The most expensive wood of the birches is the burl birch, mainly from Sweden and Finland.
Birch wood is a light but very durable wood, resistant to dryness and moisture. Birch wood is suitable for carpentry, turning and carving, while the wood of the burl birch is often used for knife handles or pens.



In june we cut bocote lumber in 26, 35 and 52 mm thickness. This decorative wood is ideal for carpentry or woodart. The wood is suitable for turning wood projects because it contains a lot of oil. The main color is light brown with dark brown lines.

*the pictures are example pictures

Botanische Bezeichnung: Cordia eleagnoides
Herkunft: Mittelamerika
Andere Namen: Mexiko Palisander, Bokote, Bocote


Open House cancelled - Online shop Sale - Weekend

Dear wood fans,

this letter was supposed to be the invitation to our open house in june.

But unfortunately for your and our safety, we have to cancel this event due to the corona virus, even if it is a very hard decision.

As a replacement, we will have a sale-weekend in our online shop for the first weekend in June.

We would like to thank our customers and give you the opportunity to work creatively with wood.

From Friday, June 5th 2020, midnight to Sunday, June 7th 2020, midnight, we give a 20% discount on everything in our online shop at!

You only have to enter the discount code CROPP20 when ordering to receive the discount.

Please note: during hat time it can take a little bit more time for us to process all the orders! We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Also the delivery process can take more time than usual!


By the way: We are also there for you during our regular opening hours!

You can reach us: from Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

By email: info@cropp-timber.comor Tel .: 040 766 23 50


Your Max Cropp team!

* The discount is only granted by entering the discount code when ordering in the online shop!



Here is a small overviev:

-Elm burl (round logs)

-Ash burl (round logs)

-Ash fiddleback (table tops)

-Mapa burl (table tops)

-Libanon Cedar (table tops)


The roundlogs will be cut in February, the table tops will be available in approx. 6 - 12 months. 



Cutting Ziricote is always a surprise. It amazes with its beautiful structure.

Cutting these logs was an exciting process, so we want to share some pictures with you:



On Friday the 25th of October 2019 the company Max Cropp celebrated the 100 year anniversary. For the location we choose an old storage building.
Instead of presents we asked for donations for the Fördergemeinschaft Kinderkrebs Zentrum Hamburg e.V. and could collect almost 10.000 Euro which is absolutely amazing! Thanks to all who donated and who celebrated this evening with us and made it so special!

The Stuhlmann Family & the Max Cropp Team


Information regarding the 18th Cites-Conference 12.11.2019

Download PDF Document: here

Dear Customers,

With this letter we would like to inform you about the adopted changes of the 18th CITES Conference of the Parties that took place in August 2019.

As you know, at the beginning of 2017, all rosewood (Dalbergia) and some Bubinga species were protected under the CITES rule and included in Annex II of the CITES list. This rule has now changed with regards to finished products, in particular musical instruments, as follows:

Dalbergia spp. (Rosewood, Appendix II CITES), Guibourtia tessmannii (Bubinga), Guibourtia pellegriniana (Bubinga), Guibourtia demeusei (Bubinga);

Amendment to footnote #15, which now has the following wording:

"Designates all parts and products, except

a) leaves, flowers, pollen, fruits and seeds;

b) finished products up to a maximum weight of 10 kg wood of protected wood per consignment; (such as pens, bowls, knives ...)

c) finished musical instruments, finished musical instrument parts and finished musical instrument accessories;

(d) parts falling within Note 4 and products of Dalbergia cochhinchinensis;

(e) parts falling within Note 6 and products of Dalbergia spp. originating in Mexico exported from Mexico. "

This change now has the following consequences for you as a producer:

- Purchase: The wood-specific information (cites number, protection status, botanical name, country of origin) must still be shown in the commercial invoices of your suppliers.

- Entry and delivery book: This must still be kept.

- Sale: Within the European Union:

-> We recommend to continue to provide the wood-specific information (cites number, protection status, botanical name, country of origin) in the invoices. Although not necessarily required, this information may be useful for your customer later on (for example, US entry).


The most important change:

- Sale: Outside the European Union (export):

-> A separate export license is no longer required.

(The separate import permit in the recipient country is also no longer required.)

For a better overview here is a list of commercially available Dalbergias:

CITES Annex II listed Rosewoods:

Grenadilla (Dalbergia melanoxylon)

Bahia Rosewood (Dalbergia frutescens / decipularis)

East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)

Kingwood / Violetwood (Dalbergia cearensis)

Amazon Rosewood (Dalbergia spruceana)

Honduras / Central American Rosewood (Dalbergia stevensonii)

Cocobolo tucurensis (Dalbergia tucurensis)

Cocobolo retusa (Dalbergia retusa)

Grenadillo (Dalbergia grenadillo)

CITES Annex I: Trade ban, except previously registered pre-convention stock:

Rio Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra)


Further decisions of the 18th CITES Conference of the Parties:


Cedrela spp. was listed under Appendix II CITES. Among them is also Cedrela odorata, also known as Spanish Cedar or Brazilian Cedar, which is often used in guitar making.

Here, as with the Dalbergias, an entry and delivery book must be kept.


This letter is intended as first, non-binding information and makes no claim for completeness and/or legal compliance.




BUCKEYE BURL (Aesculus California) from California.



Buckeye Burl is used as guitar and bass body tops, stabilized and coloured as knife grips or pencils.


Have a look at some plates:



2,00 m length and longer

52 or 65 mm thick

for EUR 850,- /m³ excl. Tax.

Valid from 07.10.2019 to 30.11.2019, as long as stock is available.

Your contact: Torben Pralow, Tel.: 040 766 23 515 or