How long ago did somebody hammer this into a cocobolo tree?

rosewood cocobolo with huge nail

Anyone want to guess what year this 4.5 inch square spike got hammered into the cocobolo tree? The tree kept grew another 1.25″ inches in diameter after it happened, and the bark healed over. No, sorry, can’t use growth rings to figure it out because tropical woods don’t have pronounced growth rings.

Since cocobolo rosewood (Dalbergia retusa) is such a dense, slow growing wood, this spike is probably pretty old. Anyone want to make a guess?

Cocobolo used to be used for fenceposts in Costa Rica. Almost all of the highland cocobolo went for charcoal. A whole bunch went to make some really ugly hash pipes. I just hate to see it get wasted…

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