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Afrormosia

Pericopsis elata
Also known as |
African Teak|Afrormosia|Afromosia|Kokrudua|Assemela
Afrormosia Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Native to West Africa, Afrormosia is a handsome, rot and bug resistant, extremely durable wood has been used as a substitute for Teak (Tectona grandis), thus earning its nickname, “African Teak”. While having a similar look, it also has working and mechanical properties that mimic Teak, whilst having none of its oiliness. (Afrormosia has a well-established track record for holding up in the most extreme conditions, proving the comparisons well justified.) Its heartwood color can be a muted tan, muted gold or any of a series of light- to medium-colored browns (from very muted to slightly, in hue), highlight by darker stripes, of varying degrees and coloration, which can run the length of its typically straight or wavy (though sometimes interlocked). Despite its similar “fuzzy” appearance (to that of Teak), it is fine grained, presenting a superb natural luster when sanded. Over time, the wood will darken, rendering an appearance often more like that of Black Walnut than of Teak. Despite being considerably harder than Teak, Afrormosia is generally very workable, offering crisp joints and it turns, glues and finishes very well.

This species is in CITES Appendix II, and is classified as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List.

Why We Love This Wood

Afrormosia is an extremely durable wood, and it works well with hand and machine tools alike. Despite being tough, it is also flexible - having been used in boatbuilding in Africa for centuries. It turns, glues and finishes well. Sometimes exhibiting wavy grain patterns, makes Afrormosia an aesthetically pleasing exotic wood for use in fine cabinetry. This versatile species has proven itself over the centuries, throughout the respective indigenous regions of its native continent of Africa. Afrormosia is well known and extremely popular throughout Europe, boasting a pedigree of being a highly preferred wood for home interiors: providing a rich, luxurious option for cabinetry, architectural trim and fine furniture. Given its moderate price range, remarkable durability and handsome looks, this wood has untapped potential here in the USA for furniture making, architectural work, woodturning and lutherie.

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    Main Color GroupLight Brown
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.8
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3725
    Janka Hardness - LBF1570
    Janka Hardness - N6980
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    Afrormosia
    NIce board
    AFROR1033
    39.81 × 4.31 × 0.94 in

    NIce board

    $29.78

    Afrormosia
    NIce board
    AFROR1033
    39.81 × 4.31 × 0.94 in

    $29.78

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1033
    39.81 × 4.31 × 0.94 in

    $29.78

    Afrormosia
    NIce board
    AFROR1028
    46.81 × 4.75 × 0.94 in

    NIce board

    $38.59

    Afrormosia
    NIce board
    AFROR1028
    46.81 × 4.75 × 0.94 in

    $38.59

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1028
    46.81 × 4.75 × 0.94 in

    $38.59

    Afrormosia
    Nice board
    AFROR1025
    43.38 × 4.38 × 1 in

    Nice board

    $32.98

    Afrormosia
    Nice board
    AFROR1025
    43.38 × 4.38 × 1 in

    $32.98

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1025
    43.38 × 4.38 × 1 in

    $32.98

    Afrormosia
    Small defect.
    AFROR1023
    44.81 × 7 × 1.88 in

    Small defect.

    $136.10

    Afrormosia
    Small defect.
    AFROR1023
    44.81 × 7 × 1.88 in

    $136.10

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1023
    44.81 × 7 × 1.88 in

    $136.10

    Afrormosia
    Nice chatoyance.
    AFROR1022
    39.88 × 7 × 1.88 in

    Nice chatoyance.

    $121.12

    Afrormosia
    Nice chatoyance.
    AFROR1022
    39.88 × 7 × 1.88 in

    $121.12

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1022
    39.88 × 7 × 1.88 in

    $121.12

    Afrormosia
    Beautiful figure.
    AFROR1021
    53.13 × 4.38 × 1.94 in

    Beautiful figure.

    $100.97

    Afrormosia
    Beautiful figure.
    AFROR1021
    53.13 × 4.38 × 1.94 in

    $100.97

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1021
    53.13 × 4.38 × 1.94 in

    $100.97

    Afrormosia
    Nice board.
    AFROR1019
    54 × 4.25 × 1.88 in

    Nice board.

    $99.58

    Afrormosia
    Nice board.
    AFROR1019
    54 × 4.25 × 1.88 in

    $99.58

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1019
    54 × 4.25 × 1.88 in

    $99.58

    Afrormosia
    Clear two face.
    AFROR1017
    52 × 3.94 × 1.88 in

    Clear two face.

    $88.90

    Afrormosia
    Clear two face.
    AFROR1017
    52 × 3.94 × 1.88 in

    $88.90

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1017
    52 × 3.94 × 1.88 in

    $88.90

    Afrormosia
    Clear two face.
    AFROR1012
    52.062 × 8.625 × 1 in

    Clear two face.

    $77.93

    Afrormosia
    Clear two face.
    AFROR1012
    52.062 × 8.625 × 1 in

    $77.93

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1012
    52.062 × 8.625 × 1 in

    $77.93

    Afrormosia
    Planer skip both faces.
    AFROR1010
    54.437 × 9.812 × 0.937 in

    Planer skip both faces.

    $92.70

    Afrormosia
    Planer skip both faces.
    AFROR1010
    54.437 × 9.812 × 0.937 in

    $92.70

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1010
    54.437 × 9.812 × 0.937 in

    $92.70

    Afrormosia
    Surface feathering with checking on one face.
    AFROR1001
    61.875 × 7.5 × 0.875 in

    Surface feathering with checking on one face.

    $73.22

    Afrormosia
    Surface feathering with checking on one face.
    AFROR1001
    61.875 × 7.5 × 0.875 in

    $73.22

    Afrormosia
    AFROR1001
    61.875 × 7.5 × 0.875 in

    $73.22

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