African Sawn Timber

/African Sawn Timber
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    Light red, fairly uniform colour. Timber exposed to air shifts into reddish brown. Some pieces are patterned, bringing out the silver figure or have a mottled aspect.

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  • Yellow brown heartwood going towards dark brown after exposure. Light and well-defined sapwood; fine texture.
  • Yellow brown to light brown wood. Not clearly demarcated sapwood, medium texture. Light peppery odeur. Also called Tola.
  • The wood is naturally very light yellow to white or grey. Sapwood and heartwood of the same colour. Also called Obeche, Samba or Wawa
  • Dark red to purple brown wood. Intermediary zone between the sapwood and perfect wood (duramen). White deposits in the pores.
  • There are two sub-species: The brown Beli (alternating different shades of brown), and the red Beli (uniform coppery red colour)
  • The wood is perfect golden yellow or yellow orange slightly mottled. Stable wood colour when used for interior applications. Well demarcated sapwood, medium texture. Also called Badi.
  • The wood is uniformly pinkish brown. The fibre is usually quite curly, producing a nice mottled aspect. It can be quite oily due to resin exudation.
  • Light brown wood going towards dark brown on exposure, with a particular odour when green.
  • This wood is yellowish or grey brown and has black depots in its pores. Also called Bibolo.
  • After sawing, the wood is first light brown and then darkens. The general aspect is rather uniform with quite coarse texture.
  • Cream white to light yellow brown wood with white veins. Large silver grain. Oily to the touch. Unpleasant odour when green.
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