Thx for asking Norman, we will be starting in August sometime but in all probability after the Healdsburg Guitar Festival which is held every two years and is on this year from 12-14 August. Most Luthiers at this time are very busy trying to complete their show guitars. (http://guitarfestival.lmii.com/
As soon as I get the first pics and have finalized the specs (normally final clarification and confirmation at build start) I will post them.
I have spent a lot of time in the last month researching CITES appendices and updates as well as the US Fish & Wildlife Agency(who administer CITES in USA) as well as interacting with others on the Lacey Act. This has been as a result of a few update Memos from CITES that were rather ambiguous and may well have ensured that the Cocobolo (Cites Appendix III) back and sides spec would have been a huge gamble. Without going into detail - all three agencies and acts come into play in the USA.
However, although there are still some vagaries, we are certain (and have received some level of clarification from US F&W) that the export and import restriction of Cocobolo (only from Guatemala but proof is required) is confined to raw products and not finished articles. So, I would not be able to import the wood but the finished guitar is still fine.
Of concern however is that this could change during the build and would then mean I would not be able to import the guitar or get it out of the USA if I could not prove that it did not come from Guatemala.
If anyone is interested I started a thread on the Acoustic Guitar Forum (although it had been discussed on a few others as well) which was quite informative. I had quite a few "pm's" from lawyers etc. giving me advice on how to rephrase certain questions publically in order to allow them to participate, and some private comments on how to interpret legal public statements in the USA that may initially appear vague but were phrased in such a way to avoid legal complications etc. A very informative process but quite frustrating at times. (Link to thread on AGF: http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220042&highlight=cites