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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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    AFROR1069_1

    $48.15 $38.52

    AFROR1069
    0.88" x 7.5" x 40.69"

    Skip planed

    AFROR1068_1

    $48.40 $38.72

    AFROR1068
    0.94" x 7.25" x 42.31"

    Skip planed.

    AFROR1067_1

    $55.95 $44.76

    AFROR1067
    0.94" x 8.94" x 36.06"

    Crack

    AFROR1066_1

    $49.66 $39.73

    AFROR1066
    0.94" x 8.88" x 35.44"

    Crack

    AFROR1065_1

    $88.34 $70.67

    AFROR1065
    0.88" x 9.38" x 59.69"

    Edge defect

    AFROR1064_1

    $45.96 $36.77

    AFROR1064
    1" x 7.38" x 35.88"

    Clean

    AFROR1063_1

    $43.12 $34.50

    AFROR1063
    1" x 7.5" x 36.44"

    Skip planed

    AFROR1062_1

    $21.42 $17.14

    AFROR1062
    0.94" x 4.25" x 35.5"

    Surface defect. crack

    AFROR1061_1

    $26.37 $21.10

    AFROR1061
    0.94" x 4.69" x 35.63"

    Skip planed.

    AFROR1060_1

    $100.70 $80.56

    AFROR1060
    1" x 9.63" x 60.25"

    Clean

    AFROR1059_1

    $61.27 $49.02

    AFROR1059
    0.94" x 8.38" x 42.13"

    Clean

    AFROR1058_1

    $47.96 $38.37

    AFROR1058
    0.88" x 5.75" x 48.06"

    Clean

    AFROR1057_1

    $59.34 $47.47

    AFROR1057
    0.94" x 8.25" x 41.44"

    Clean

    AFROR1056_1

    $44.29 $35.43

    AFROR1056
    1" x 5.31" x 48.06"

    Clean

    AFROR1055_1

    $44.08 $35.26

    AFROR1055
    0.88" x 7.94" x 35.19"

    Skip planed. Crack.

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    Kosso

    Gorgeous colors and grain patterns have resulted in the exploitation of this beautiful species for use in production of “Hongmu” furniture.  It looks similar in appearance to Kiaat/Muninga, another member of the Pterocarpus genus.  We only have a few hundred BF of this endangered species left and don’t expect to get any more when it runs out.

    Common Uses:
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    Osage Orange - Argentine

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    It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

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    Tamarind - Spalted

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    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central American wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
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    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    Birch - Yellow

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    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, crafting, flooring, furniture
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