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Botanical Name

Pterocarpus angolensis

Other Names

African Teak, Mukwa, Muninga, Paddle-wood, Wild Teak

Main Color Group

Reddish

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Easy

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

38

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

605

Janka Hardness - LBF

1360

Janka Hardness - N

6050

Kiaat is closely related to African Padauk (both are species of the Pterocarpus genus), sharing its characteristics of being durable, extremely stable and easy workability. The wood is renowned for its great bug and termite resistance.

Although Kiaat is considerably less dense (than Padauk), it has an impressive strength-to-weight ratio which (combined with its durability) makes it a very versatile, useful wood — suitable for a great variety of applications. Its heartwood color can vary from a light golden brown to a medium brown with a reddish or purplish tint. Grains can be straight, wavy or interlocked; its texture ranges from fine to medium, with a nice natural luster. Kiaat has very good working properties, and turns, glues and finishes well.

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Sustainability: This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is classified by the IUCN as being “Near Threatened.”

Common Uses: Furniture, boatbuilding, veneer, turnings, and other small wooden objects.

Comments: Kiaat has been utilized for centuries in a variety of applications in its native Africa. It is renowned for its strength and durability. It has extremely low shrinkage rates, and is considered to be a very dimensionally-stable wood.

Its relatively small tree size make larger boards difficult, if not impossible, to access, with small craft pieces being more commonly found.

This is a wood which remains very rarely seen in the US.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Kiaat
$30.4240 x 5 x 0.9 inKIAAT1007

End check

30.42
Kiaat
$41.4336.8 x 7.4 x 0.9 inKIAAT1006

End check

41.43
Kiaat
$26.7842.25 x 5 x 0.9 inKIAAT1005
Out of stock

Small crack

26.78
Kiaat
$31.4939.75 x 6.25 x 0.9 inKIAAT1004

Heart crack; beautiful figure

31.49
Kiaat
$40.5539.3 x 7.4 x 0.9 inKIAAT1003

Heart crack one face

40.55
Kiaat
$58.0061 x 6.25 x 0.9 inKIAAT1002
Out of stock

Spalting in sapwood

58
Kiaat
$91.3691 x 6.6 x 0.9 inKIAAT1001

Curly figure

91.36

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