: Found throughout equatorial Africa and imported into the US. Because of its similarity in appearance to rosewood it is often called African rosewood.
Color is medium red-brown, with lighter red to purple veins. The grain is typically straight. Fine pores are diffused throughout the wood, which often contain a reddish gum. Texture is usually medium, and surface is highly lustrous. It is often found with a variety of figuring.
It is general very workable. At times silica is found in the wood which can be hard on your tools. It also tends to be very resinous which can complicate glue-up applictions. Excellent polishing qualities. Turns great. Wood with figuring can suffer from tearout during planing and turning operations. Very dense.
Boat building, fine furniture, tool handles, figured veneer, flooring, tabletops and handles. Found in some very high end, solid guitar applications.
In addition to the stock listed below we have some "slab" stock that can be seen in our Specialty Woods Section.
Widths: 6" to 11"
Lengths: Mostly 10'
Surfacing: Skip planed
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