Also known as Amazique, Amazoue, Mozambique, or Ovangkol. Found throughout tropical west Africa.
Varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, gray, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to coarse texture, with moderate natural luster.
Overall a fairly easy wood to work, though it can contain silica and can therefore dull cutters prematurely. Also, if the grain is interlocked, or if there is other figure present in the wood, planing and other machining operations may be troublesome and cause tearout. Turns, glues and finishes well. Rated as moderately durable, with good resistance to insect attack.
Veneer, furniture, cabinetry, turned objects, musical instruments, and flooring.
Thicknesses: 4/4" and 5/4"
Widths: 6" t0 8"
Lengths: 8', 10', and 12'
Surfacing: Skip planed
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