Also Known As:
Douka, Tieghemella heckelii
Where It's From:
Native to Western and Central Africa
How It Works:
Generally easy to work with, though sections with interlocked grain can cause tearout during planing or other machining operations. Makore will react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained. Makore also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters due to its high silica content. Besides this dulling effect, Makore and is easy to glue and finish.
Pink or reddish brown, commonly with a mottled or wavy grain pattern. Figured grain patterns are commonly seen in Makore and include: mottled, curly, wavy, and moire.
Furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items.