Bark & Rock


Where: North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America

Botanical Name: Cordia dodecandra

The striking visual beauty of Ziricote is created by the marked contrast in colouring between the heartwood and the sap which streaks through its mass. Tones range from mid to dark brown, sometimes carrying a purple or green tinge, through to black, whilst the sapwood is pale straw-coloured. 

The complexity of the grain pattern can vary from linear motifs through to swirly marbling, ‘spider-webbing’ and cloud bursts and these captivating patterns, like miniature artworks in their own right, have always attracted designers as well as makers of fine musical instruments.

Ziricote trees grow in the USA, the Caribbean and Central and South America and have reputedly been cultivated since the Mayan Empire. 


Our natural and recycled wood collections include hand crafted refillable notebooks, diaries, sketchbooks, photograph albums, guest/visitors books and slip cases. Each wood and stone book is individually made to order in our studio workshop in the UK.

Bark & Rock stocks over 40 types of wood veneer from 6 continents.

Your Bark & Rock product is unique! Our wood veneers are sourced from different areas of the world and are also created using different sections of each tree. Depending on the species veneers can incorporate various features and patterns, including highly sought after burr wood motifs. Veneer production also includes different processes such as crown, quarter and rotary cuts to create various finishes. Each of these methods reveals fine layers of beauty unique to a given species and tree. Some of our finest veneers can be found in our wonderful figure and pommele grain designs. Check our Glossary for more information.

Working with wood veneer means that we can highlight nature’s extraordinary range of organic patterns in a more environment friendly way: 1 cubic metre of planked timber yields 20m² of usable wood whilst 1 cubic metre of veneer delivers 900m² of usable wood giving each tree the optimum yield. Wood is in itself renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Within our production process we also make every effort to avoid waste and to use non-toxic finishes.

Please note: since wood is a natural product, your Bark & Rock notebook truly is unique and is likely to differ in both pattern and shade from the photographs on our website. These are designed to be indicative of a given type of wood in general.

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