West Africa, between the Congo and the Ivory Coast
In the lower tropical rain forests, generally in groups.
Similar to Oak, moist wood stains when coming into contact with ferrous metals.
It work well but with a tendency to pick up the interlocking grain. Low feed speed should be used.
Drying is slow with minimal shrinkage and good shape stability.
DD paint or open pore varnishes for exteriors surfaces. NC paint is recommended for interior use. The wood should be surface treated to prevent staining as a result of reaction with iron.
Because of its application, water-proof glues are always used, causing no problem. Screw and nail joints must be pre-drilled.
As veneer for inferior purposes. Not used in Central Europe as face veneer. Serves as substitute for Teak in furniture making and used in the USA for interior boat fixtures and fittings.
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