Friday, August 31, 2007

Coração de Negro wood

If you're going to be using a mortar to pound the heck out of coffee, corn, urucu and other agricultural products, you sure want one made of a solid, hard wood because it's going to take a lot the beatings. Coração de negro (Chamecrista negrensis) is up for the job. I've used this one very little but I keep it in the reception center more for show. It's heavy as lead! This one has been turned on a lath, for sure. Most mortar and pestles are hacked out of trunks of trees with axes and machetes. Maybe that's the reason we don't see many of these things made out of coração de negro wood!

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