- ORIGIN: grows in tropical climates and is found in West Africa but also in other countries such as India and the South Pacific.
- APPEARANCE: unique reddish orange coloration.Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked. With a coarse, open texture and good natural luster.
- DRIED WEIGHT: 45 lbs/ft3
- WORKABILITY: Heavy, but strongr than oak, padauk generally works exceptionally well with either hand or power tools.
- PRICE/AVAILABILITY: Widely imported as lumber in a variety of lengths and thicknesses, as well as turning and craft blanks. Should be moderately priced for an import.
- ORIGIN: A large tree reaching over 100 feet in height and trunk diameter of 36”, The Bubinga tree grow mostly in Cameroon and Gabon, West Africa.
- APPEARANCE: Medium texture with interlocking grain, fine grained, hard and heavy. The Bubinga heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks.
- ESTIMATED DRIED WEIGHT: 56 lbs/ft3
- WORKABILITY: The shear strength of bubinga is particularly exceptional, exceeding nearly every other commercial species, so it is extremely resistant to splitting.
- PRICE/AVAILABILITY: moderately priced for an import
Afrormosia (African Teak)
- ORIGIN:A medium seized tree predominately found in Ghana, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.
- APPEARANCE: Commonly known as African Teak because of similarities of the grain and colors which range from golden to darker brown.
- WEIGHT: 45 lbs/ft3
- WORKABILITY: easy to work with both hand and machine tools and finishes well.
- PRICE/AVAILABILITY:Prices are medium to high as trading of this species is controlled.
- ORIGIN:Utile is widespread, occurring from Sierra Leone east to Uganda, and south to DR Congo and Angola
- APPEARANCE: The heartwood is reddish brown to purplish brown, and distinctly demarcated from the pinkish white to pale brown, up to 6 cm wide sapwood. The grain is slightly interlocked, texture moderately fine. Quarter-sawn surfaces are irregularly striped. The wood has a faint cedar-like smell.
- WEIGHT: 40 lbs/ft3
- WORKABILITY: Heartwood is moderately resistant to attack by decay, fungi and termites. Difficult to machine due to irregular grain, resulting in tearout.
- PRICE/AVAILABILITY: Prices for Utile should be moderate for an imported hardwood.
- ORIGIN:It is found in Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Uganda.
- APPEARANCE: Adobe is a dark red to purple brown wood. The wood is the intermediate zone between sapwood and hardwood with white deposits in the poors.
- WEIGHT: 66 lbs/ft3
- WORKABILITY: Difficult to work on account of its density and interlocked grain, which can cause tearout.
- PRICE/AVAILABILITY: Readily available in Europe. Prices are expected to be in the mid to high range for an imported hardwood.
- ORIGIN: Zebrawood is a West Africa species that grows in Cameroon, Gabon, the Congo and Equatorial Guinea.
- APPEARANCE : grain pattern looks very much like zebra stripes, interlocked or wavy, with the darker stripes being much thinner than the lighter stripes.
- WEIGHT: about 46 lbs per cubic foot
- WORKABILITY: easy to work with both hand and machine tools, but can be very difficult to plane or surface due to the prevalence of interlocking grain.
- PRICE/AVAILABILITY:tends to be fairly expensive sue to population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations.
- ORIGIN: Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, East Africa, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaire, and Zimbabwe
- APPEARANCE: on exposure to light it quickly becomes golden-brown to dark chocolate brown and the grain is usually interlocked and sometimes irregular
- WEIGHT: 45 pounds per cubic foot
- WORKABILITY: It is easy to work and cut with both hand and machine tools and is very resistant to decay.
- PRICE/AVAILABILITY:low to moderetly priced and moderately available in plank form
Khaya (African Mohogany)
- ORIGIN: Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria where it grows primarily in lowland tropical rainforests.
- APPEARANCE: light red-brown color with pink overtones, darker brown ribbon stripes that undulate from one end to the, open yet tight pores with very few pin knots.
- WEIGHT: dried weight is about 35 to 45 pounds per cubic foot
- WORKABILITY: moderately heavy and hard with medium bending and crushing strength, low stiffness and shock resistance.
- PRICE/AVAILABILITY: Prices are low to moderate for an imported hardwood, Generally cheaper and more abundant than American Mahogany
- ORIGIN: Africa, ranging from the Ivory Coast to the Cameroons and eastward through Zaire to Uganda
- APPEARANCE: Sapele wood is a medium to dark reddish brown or purplish brown
- WEIGHT: average weight of 39 pounds per cubic foot
- WORKABILITY: saws easily, good gluing and nailing properties, satisfactory peeling and slicing
- PRICE/AVAILABILITY: low to moderetly priced and moderately available in plank form