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#438398 - 05/19/12 10:49 AM Finding Great Souvenirs in San Pedro
Marty Offline

Tough but Not Impossible: Graniel's Dreamland

But exotic hard woods of all colors are one of Belize's most beautiful (and rare) resources. Graniel's Dreamland on Middle Street (aka Pescador Drive) takes full advantage of them. Turning the woods into so many beautiful things for your home and for gifts. NONE of these woods are dyed...the hues below are the woods' natural colors. (Friends and family...now you know where I got all of those cutting boards!)

They have also recently introduced these flip flops in a few different patterns to hang on your wall. Love them too. They cost about $50bzd (or $25 USD).

I asked the sales woman what the two most expensive and rare types of wood are...she had two. The first is zericote/ziricote, a dark wood with uneven waves. Pretty, right? Apparently this tree produces an edible fruit but I need to do a bit of research on that.

And the other is the rosewood burl...huge knots in the rosewood tree that are very rare and can weigh up to 50lbs. Instead of a straight or wavy grain, it is a mass of pink to red circles and squiggles and makes for some really pretty but pricey bowls. My point? There are over 20 different types, rarities, price levels and colors of wood to choose from at Graniels.

Luckily, I find my eyes always wander to the beautiful (and less expensive) pink colored sea grape. The bowl in the center.

That leads me on another tangent...see these beautiful but misshapen bowls above? They come in every sort of wood. Some are perfect but I love the ones with the natural sides or even holes in the side. Great as gifts. Use them as a fruit bowl...or put those electric candles in them on your deck or your back patio? They are GORGEOUS. And, I think reasonable priced...for $50bzd to $150bzd, depending on the wood and size, you get a super unique souvenir.

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#438415 - 05/19/12 11:32 PM Re: Finding Great Souvenirs in San Pedro [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
Marty - good information. I was looking for a picture of a big bowl. I think you must be referring to the little ones on the left in the top picture.
About zericote/ziricote: My four poster bed has the legs and posts made of Ziricote. Not only is it beautiful but it is also very heavy. There is a lot of wild ziricote growing here on the island. Right now the trees are in bloom– a very pretty orangish red and develops a white pear shaped fruit about the size of a prune. The birds love them and do an excellent job of distributing the seeds. The mainland ones are eatable but I don’t know about these wild ones.
Mu cabinet maker says the ones on the island do not make good lumber; that comes frorm the mainland. He says the same about a number of other trees; like the Mayme and wild Mayme. I am successfully growing a Sapodilla tree and it is fruiting but the fruits are about 1/5th the size of the ones at the fruit stands. However, I have to say I like the taste of mine better, not so heavy sweet.
Sea Grape has become one of my favorite woods. It makes a cook fire better than anything else I have burned. It too is beautiful. I plan to use it (debarked) for the four foot posts around the opening of my inside stairs. Ak Bol, the yoga retreat used a lot of it in there development.
The man who bought the house between me and the beach choose Belize because of the availability and extensive choices of woods for fancy woodworking.
LOL – I do get carried away. I had to google ‘ziricote’ which lead to every other kind of wood. I used to get caught up reading the dictionary – now I get engrossed on the internet. Aint life grand
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#438434 - 05/20/12 12:25 PM Re: Finding Great Souvenirs in San Pedro [Re: Marty]
Beachdog Offline
The island's Siricote or (Cordia Sebestena) is also commonly known as Geiger Tree, named after Key West Wrecker John Geiger. Pretty common tree throughout southern Florida and the Caribbean. Hummingbirds love the flowers. Supposedly the fruit is edible but tasteless.


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