African Rosewood, False Mopane
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African Rosewood is a species from the same genus as Bubinga (Guibourtia), which has led to Bubinga often mistakenly being referred to as “African Rosewood.” Though obviously not a true rosewood, it does often bear aesthetic similarities. The grain is generally straight but can be interlocked; its texture is moderately fine. The heartwood color ranges from pink to reddish-brown, with purple or red streaks / lines / highlights.
African Rosewood works well, although it can have a moderate blunting effect on tools. It glues and finishes well. It needs to be dried slowly and carefully, to prevent warping and cracking. It’s a durable wood and is considered stable, once dried.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Furniture, flooring, decking, architectural paneling & woodwork, veneer, interior trim, musical instruments, boatbuilding, turnings, small decorative and specialty items.
Comments: This wood has been used for a huge variety of roles in its native Africa. The tree, itself, and its budding flowers have been used for everything from cooking oils, to nutrional / healing drinks and even for producing a red dye which African craftsmen use for staining furniture.
The wood is considered very durable, thus seeing it used in a host of exterior as well as interior applications. It is relatively easy to work, although it can be very difficult to dry.
|A||81 × 4.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1028|| |
Tear outs/defects on one face. Cracks on one edge.
|$44.51||AB||81 × 5.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1029|| |
Typical pin knots, some with tear out. Small chip on one edge. Tiny hole.
|AB||80.75 × 6.25 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1030|| |
Diagonal crack from one edge. Knot on same edge on one face. Small defect same edge on other face.
|$47.16||A||80.75 × 5.5 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1025|| |
Typical tight knots. Cracking on one edge near one end. One gouge near cracks.
|AB||80.75 × 6.5 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1026|| |
Few small knots with tear out. Larger knot and dark stain on one edge
|AB||77 × 8 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1027|| |
Small end check. Few gouges on one face.
|$70.96||A||81 × 8.25 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1021|| |
Typical tight knots. Small crack on one edge. Tiny hole near one end.
|$81.45||A||80.75 × 9.5 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1022|| |
Crack into board at one edge. Typical tight knots.
|$66.45||A||80.75 × 7.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1023|| |
One knot with a bit of tear out. Cracks on one edge.
|A||81 × 4.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1024|| |
Several larger knots. Spalting mainly one face. 2 rough patches
|$48.16||B||81 × 7 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1017|| |
Typical pin knots, several with tear out. Knot on one edge
|$27.52||B||81 × 4 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1018|| |
Several worm tracks. Dark heart on one edge.
|$42.57||AB||81 × 5.5 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1019|| |
Typical pin knots. Little sap on one edge
|$42.74||A||80.5 × 5 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1020|| |
Check at one end. Spalting on one edge. Small stain on other edge.
|$42.17||AB||76.75 × 5.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1014|| |
Two tiny knots with bit of tear out. Otherwise good.
|$42.87||A||80.75 × 5 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1015|| |
Couple tiny worm holes. Typical tight knots.
|$62.35||A||81 × 7.25 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1016|| |
Knot on one edge
|$32.70||A||77 × 4 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1011|| |
One knot on one edge
|$100.75||A||80.75 × 11.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1012|| |
Several typical pin knots, some with tiny holes. Stunning figure.
|$66.66||A||81 × 7.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1013|| |
Several typical tight knots
|$71.38||AB||80.75 × 9.25 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1008|| |
Large knot near one end. Otherwise good with lovely figure.
|$52.09||AB||80.75 × 6.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1009|| |
Few pin knots one side. Small dark stain on other.
|$63.36||A||77 × 7.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1010|| |
Minor spalting in center with few worm holes. Crack at one end.
|$42.87||A||80.75 × 5 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1005|| |
Few small places of tear out. Chip on one edge.
|$62.95||A||76.5 × 7.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1006|| |
Tiny pin hole near one end. Stunning figure.
|$62.35||A||81 × 7.25 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1007|| |
3 strap marks on edge. Large defect one side of one end. Heart wood on other end on one edge
|$33.21||A||69.5 × 4.5 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1001|| |
Typical tight pin knots
|$31.39||AB||73 × 4.5 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1002|| |
Typical tight pin knots
|$55.95||AB||80.75 × 7.25 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1003|| |
Two chips out of one edge. Cracks on other edge near top
|$49.45||A||81 × 5.75 × 0.8 in||ROSEAF1004|| |
Crack at on end. Defect on one edge
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