Taking the advice of earlier threads in this forum, I obtained a copy of "Early American Antique Country Furnishings" by George Neumann and was amazed to see two examples of coconut-shell ware; a ladle ca. 1760-1830, and a canteen with dovetailed pewter spout ca. 1750-1790. "Found in surprising numbers among colonial ware," it is supposed the coconuts arrived via trade from the West Indies. Has anyone tried their hand at making implements from them or seen them in camp? I found the text at AbeBooks for $6.75 including shipping, delivered to my mailbox. I can't drive to my library and back for that. Originally published at $25.00 in 1984, the 353 page hardbound text (with dust jacket) contains 1508 captioned illustrations. Chests, trunks, chairs, tables, beds, pots, pans, utensils, vessels, lamps, and enough ideas to keep me building for the rest of my life. Thank you, George.