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Where It's From:
West Coast of Africa
Why It's Special:
Rot: Rated as moderately durable; moderate to poor insect/borer resistance.
Gain: Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Good natural luster with a light-refracting optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy.
Endgain Diffuse-porous; large to very large pores, very few; solitary and radial multiples; orange/brown deposits occasionally present;
How It Works:
Easy to work, glue, and finish. Tearout can sometimes be a problem if the grain is interlocked.
Heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Quartersawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance.
Veneer, plywood, turned