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post #1 of 4 Old 04-28-2012, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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I'm trying to make a wooden máte. It is a vessel used in Argentina to make Yerba Máte, a tea like beverage. Traditionally either a gourd or carob wood are used to make a máte. My problem is that carob wood is not available in NC. Does anybody know what would be a suitable substitute for carob wood? I know of some tropical woods that would hold water, but I afraid of a reaction that might cause health issues. Cocobolo for example.
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Do a Google search. Carob wood is available at many places.

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Yes, I have seen carob wood available on line, just as most anything can be found on line. But, I was really interested to know if anyone knew of another wood that might be more readily available that would be a good substitute.
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Hey MM, did you ever find any replacement wood for Carob? I too am looking to turn a couple of mate gourds for myself and my brothers.

I did find some carob wood online here:

And i called them and they can do custom sizes, but it was pretty pricey and I too was looking for a local substitute.

let me know if you found anything.

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