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“What an amazing place! From it’s centralized location between the airport in Coxen Hole and West End/West Bay to the relaxing, yet never boring family-friendly atmosphere. They are also great scuba instructors! I cannot swim and have a bit of a fear of water, but Eric and Diana had me out there in 30 feet of water in no time (after the proper prep and instruction of course). I cannot wait to go back to get certified! My stay could have only been better if it could have been longer. I will be back!”
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The most common Hardwood is Pine. Pine in North America is very soft, but in Central American it is very hard. Pine is the National Tree of Honduras. It won this declaration in 1926 and is protected to this day to conserve and improve the existing numbers in the country. It is commonly used in Roatan for beautifulwood floors. Planca says it takes hard work to carve in Pine, but it is worth the effort because of the final product that is produced.

The easiest wood to carve is Balsa wood Balsawood trees are abundant in rainforests and jungles like Roatan. When the wood is first cut it is very heavy with water. As the wood dries it becomes very soft and light weight!?Over 60% of the tree is just water. Balsa wood is strong for its light weight and can easily be bent with carving tools without loosing its strength. Americans may remember it best by small model planes that were made in the 50s and 60s. On Roatan it is easily carved and shaped into the common parrot figures and fish replicas that we see in souvenir shops. Melvin would rather take a hard chunk of Mahogany and spend lots of time on it rather than use the delicate balsa wood. That is very easy to see when you encounter one of his life size statues in West End.

Melvin Bodden Carving



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