DIAMOND TROPICAL HARDWOODS
Exotic Hardwoods from Latin America
The story of Diamond Tropical Hardwoods grew out of a desire to help and serve others.
Kevin and Christine Yardley met while both were studying at Harvard University. Upon
graduating, the newlyweds volunteered to teach English for the WorldTeach Organization in
rural Costa Rica. Because there was no guarantee of them being stationed in the same area,
Christine became a teacher in the program while Kevin began dedicating his prodigious
energy to protecting the environment in an entrepreneurial way. Costa Rica had some of the
fastest deforestation rates in the world, so there was a desperate need to offset this
environmental destruction. Costa Rica’s bio-diversity includes 5 percent of all known
species in an area the size of West Virginia. The reforestation effort in Costa Rica has done
a great deal of good.
In 1992, Diamond Tropical Hardwoods bought their first degraded cattle farm and
began planting teak. In addition to farming teak, they have planted seventy other species
including endangered native trees such as mahogany, purpleheart and cocobolo
Today, their 12 plantations protect more than 1000 acres of primary and secondary
jungle. The company has seen the impact of logging in the rainforest and the widespread
harm that it produces. This is why Diamond Tropical Hardwoods adheres to internationally
recognized environmental principles, and works with leading organizations to certify the
responsible sourcing of the wood. We plant our trees!
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Cocobolo Rosewood (Dalbergia Retusa) is one of the finest and most
beautifully figured woods in the world. True Rosewoods in the dalbergia
family have colors as widely diverse as a rainbow. An incredibly figured wood,
cocobolo is very hard with brillian