SUSTAINABILITY

AFW is committed to forest friendly harvesting methods 

When forestry is done in a sustainable manner, it can be an important resource of regional socioeconomic development, that is why we exclusively work with loggers who use sustainable yield harvesting methods.  We hold ourselves to a very high ethical standard and work hard to ensure a clear and verifiable chain of custody of our woods, we personally travel to managed forests where we hand select each log for milling at our facility in the Atlanta area.

Please use this section of our site as an educational resource, we have included notes on its durability properties, descriptions of its physical appearance, and tips on machining and assembling this wood.  To make any purchases, feel free to visit the SHOP

AFRICAN MAHOGANY

Wood Descrption

• Color - Pink brown to deep red with copper reflection

• Sapwood - Clearly demarcated

 

• Texture - Medium

 

• Grain - Interlocked, sometimes presence of tension wood and brittleheart

 

•Appearance - African Mahogany exhibits an optical reflectance phenomenon known as chatoyancy, when using an oil based finish or shellac the wood will achieve a striking three-dimensional appearance, commonly called a "wet look"​

Common Appelations

Common Name(s) - African Mahogany, Acajou, Khaya


Family - Meliaceae (Mahogany)


Scientific Name(s) - Khaya Antotheca 

                          - Khaya Grandifoliola
                          - Khaya Ivorensis


Local Names        Central African Rep - Acajou

                          France - Acajou
                          Germany - Khaya Mahogani
                          United Kingdom - African Mahogany

End Uses

• Sliced veneer

• Cabinetwork (high end furniture)

• Furniture and furniture components

• Interior / Exterior joinery

• Interior / Exterior panelling

• Moulding

• Ship building (planking and deck)

Natural Durability Properties

• Fungi - Moderately durable​

• Dry wood bores - Susceptible; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to the sapwood)

• Termites - Susceptible​

• Treatability - Not permeable

• Does not require any preservative treatment against dry wood borer attackes or against humidification risks

Physical and Mechanical Properties

• Density - 35.58 lb / ft3

• Janka hardness - 830 lbf

• Coefficient of volumetric shrinkage - 0.39%

• Modulus of Rupture - 12,240 lbf / in2

• Modulus of Elasticity - 1,383,000 lbf / in2

Machining and Assembly

• Blunting effect - Normal

• Sawteeth recommended - Ordinary or alloy steel

• Cutting tools - Ordinary

• Peeling - Good

• Slicing - Good

• Nailing/Screwing - Good

• Gluing - Yes

 •Note - There is a tendency to woolliness (tension wood) in sawing and risks of tearing (interlocked grain) in planing.  Ribbon like aspect on quartersawn.

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BUBINGA

Wood Descrption

•  Color - Reddish brown, with some fine purpleish red veins, some brown veins

•  Sapwood - Clearly demarcated

•  Texture - Medium to fine

•  Grain - Straight or interlocked, sometimes wavy

Common Appelations

Common Name(s) - Bubinga


Family - Caesalpiniaceae


Scientific Name(s) - Guibourtia Demeusei
                           - Guibourtia Pellegriniana
                           - Guibourtia Tessmannii


Local Names    Central African Rep - Bubinga

                      France - Bubinga
                      United Kingdom - Bubinga

End Uses

•  Sliced veneer

•  Cabinetwork (high end furniture)

•  Furniture or furniture components

•  Interior / Exterior joinery

•  Interior panelling

•  Flooring

•  Turned goods

•  Instruments

•  Moulding

Natural Durability Properties

•  Fungi - Durable

•  Dry wood bores - Sapwood lightly demarcated (risk limited to sapwood)

•  Termites - Durable

•  Treatability - Not permeable

•  Does not require any preservative treatment against dry wood borer attackes or against humidification risks

Physical and Mechanical Properties

• Density - 57.43 lb / ft3

• Janka hardness - 1,980 lbf

• Coefficient of volumetric shrinkage - 0.62%

• Modulus of Rupture - 25,100 lbf / in2

• Modulus of Elasticity - 2,717,000 lbf / in2

Machining and Assembly

• Blunting effect - May have silica present and therefore have a blunting effect

• Sawteeth recommended - Stellite-tipped

• Cutting tools - Tungsten carbide, risks of splinters in cross cutting

• Peeling - Good

• Slicing - Good

• Finish - Finishes well

• Nailing/Screwing - Good, pre-boring necessary

• Gluing - Yes, due to bubinga's natural oils and high density gluing can be problematic.

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GABON EBONY

Wood Descrption

• Color -Sapwood is straw colored, heartwood is black-brown to uniform black

• Sapwood - Clearly demarcated

• Texture - Fine

• Grain - Straight, tight and dense, with very fine pores, no visible grain

Common Appelations

Common Name(s) - African Ebony, Gabon Ebony, Gaboon Ebony
 

Family - Ebenaceae
 

Scientific Name(s) - Diospyros Crassiflora                              
 

Local Names    Central African Rep - Ebene, Ngoubou, Bingo
                       France - Ebene D'Afrique
                       Germany - Afrikanisches Ebenholz
                       United Kingdom - African Ebony

End Uses

• Musical instruments

• Woodwind instruments

• Cabinetwork (high end furniture)

• Furniture or furniture components

• Sculpture

• Turned goods

Natural Durability Properties

• Fungi - Very durable

• Dry wood bores - Durable; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood)

• Termites - Durable

• Treatability - Not permeable

• Does not require any preservative treatment against dry wood borer attackes or against humidification risks

Physical and Mechanical Properties

• Density - 56.19 lb / ft3

• Janka hardness - 3,220 lbf

• Coefficient of volumetric shrinkage - 0.51%

• Modulus of Rupture - 24,300 lbf / in2

• Modulus of Elasticity - 2,494,000 lbf / in2

Machining and Assembly

• Blunting effect - High blunting effect

• Sawteeth recommended - Stellite-tipped

• Cutting tools - Tungsten carbide, risks of splinters in cross cutting

• Peeling - Not recommended

• Slicing - Good

• Finish - Takes finish well, high luster

• Nailing/Screwing - Good, pre-boring necessary

• Gluing - Glues well

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Korina (Limba)

Wood Descrption

• Color - Light yellow with brown veins

 Sapwood - Not demarcated

 Texture - Medium

 Grain - Straight or interlocked, sometimes brittleheart

Common Appelations

Common Name(s) - Korina, Frake, Limba


Family - Combretaceae


Scientific Name(s) - Terminalia Superba


Local Names    Central African Rep - N ' Ganga
                        France - Frake, Limbo, Noyer du Mayombe
                        United Kingdom - Korina

End Uses

• Musical Instruments

• Sliced veneer

• Interior panelling

• Furniture or furniture components

• Interior joinery

• Moulding

• Turned goods

Natural Durability Properties

• Fungi - Poorly to not durable

• Dry wood bores - Susceptible; sapwood lightly demarcated (risk in all the wood)

• Termites - Susceptible

• Treatability - Easily permeable

• Korina does require appropriate preservative treatment against dry wood borer attackes and against humidification risks