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.
A Popular Choice in
|Main Color Group||Light Brown|
|Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF||3.8|
|Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3||725|
|Janka Hardness - LBF||1570|
|Janka Hardness - N||6980|