Formal Name: Guibourtia spp.
Color: Sapwood is very pale with clear demarcations. Heartwood can be a variety of colors, including pink, vivid red or red-brown with purple veining. With exposure, veining becomes less conspicuous and deep colors fade to medium brown with a reddish tint.
Workability: Easily worked with both hand and machine tools. Turns and finishes well. Moderate blunting of cutters. On pieces with figured or interlocking grain, tearout can occur during planing or other machining. Gluing can occassionally be problematic because of the natural oils found in this wood.
Physical Properties: High density, very hard and heavy wood, with an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, bending strength and shock resistance. Low steam bending characteristics.
Interior/Exterior: interior and exterior use