Formal Name: Carapa spp.
Color: Sapwood is a light pink or pale brown color, not always demarcated from the heartwood. Heartwood is a light salmon to reddish brown, darkening with age to a medium to dark brown. Quarter sawn surfaces exhibit a ribbon-like appearance similar to Sapele.
Workability: Easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Sometimes pieces with interlocked grain will experience tearout during surfacing. Moderate blunting effect on tool cutters.
Physical Properties: Heavy, dense wood with medium hardness and high resistance to crushing and bending. Compression parallel to the grain is in the high range.
Interior/Exterior: mostly interior