General: Found in Africa particularly the countries of Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zaire.
Heartwood is a very dark brown with black streaks. Application of a wood finish (particularly an oil finish) makes the wood turn nearly black. Grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. Low natural luster.
Can be difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Blunts tool edges. Sands unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Very splintery—care must be used when handling unfinished wood with bare hands, as splinters have an increased risk of infection. Very large pores can be difficult to fill if a perfectly smooth/level finish is desired.
Veneer, paneling, furniture, turned objects, and musical instruments. Because of its dark color and high density similarities to ebony it frequently used as an ebony replacement.
Thicknesses: 4/4" and 12/4"
Widths: 10" and 17"
Lengths: 9' and 12'
Surfacing: Skip planed
The Wood Database