Black Limba

Formal Name: Terminalia superba
Color: Heartwood is a light yellowish to golden brown, sometimes with grey to nearly black streaks and veins. Wood with this darker figuring is referred to as Black Limba, while plain unfigured wood is called White Limba. Sapwood is a pale greyish to yellowish brown, not clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Color tends to darken with age.
Shade: Dark
Grain: Straight-grained to slightly interlocked, with uniform coarse texture. Moderate natural luster.
Workability: Easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Contains a small amount of silica, but blunting effect on cutters is usually small. Glues and finishes well.
Physical Properties: Not a dense wood, low crushing strength. Not used where strength is required, prone to brittleheart. Poor steam bending properties. Excellent turning and machining capabilities.
Uses: veneer, plywood, furniture, musical instruments (electric guitar bodies), and turned objects. Heartwood veneer is also used for highly decorative furniture and paneling.
Interior/Exterior: interior only
Origin: Tropical West Africa

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Wood is a natural product. Some variation in color and grain pattern will occur between samples, images on this website, photographs and any specific installation.

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