Think pink. You know, pink Cadillacs. Pink flamingos. Pink carnations. Pink grapefruit. Pink lipstick. Some people even claim to have seen pink elephants. But whoever heard of pink dolphins? We have. In fact, we’ve been on the river with them.
There we were, halfway up the Amazon River, near the town of Santarem. This was where we found the remarkable Sucupira tree, what some people call Brazilian Walnut. We had heard that in many ways it’s even better than Ipe, the national tree of Brazil.
But before we found the rare Sucupira, we came upon a sight even more rare: the Amazon pink river dolphin. Locals call it the boto. In a long-standing traditional myth, the male pink dolphin turns himself into a handsome young man at night. Then he slips into riverside villages, seduces beautiful women, and returns to the river, where he turns back into a dolphin. All in all, we had a great trip up the river. We found a genuinely exotic wood. And a genuinely erotic myth.
SUCUPIRA (also called Brazilian Walnut) is our substitute for Ipe. Like Ipe, it is very durable and quite stable. But it is more consistent in color with a stronger grain texture. And it does not create Ipe’s toxic dust that often causes allergic reactions. Sucupira’s heartwood is a medium/dark brown to reddish brown. As a rule, Sucupira does not change color over time. This is a beautiful, unique wood not easily found in the United States.