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Friday, March 30, 2012

Know your wood: African Rosewood

African Rosewood
This is a pretty good image showing the coloration and complexity of African Rosewood. Lots of color and interesting features in this species.

Trade Names: African Rosewood.

Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae – Pea family
Genus: Guibourtia
Species: coleosperma

Janka Hardness (pounds-force): 2090

Description: Grain is anything from straight to highly distinct and rippled. African Rosewood can have some very interesting featuring, depending on the tree and the cut. Generally speaking, however, African Rosewood is less figured than Bubinga.

Location: Southern Africa, namely: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia.

The seed pods and foliage of an African Rosewood are featured on this Namibian stamp. Follow this link if you are fluent in Japanese and collect stamps for presumably much more information.

Common Aliases: Bastermopane, False mopane, M’chibi, Machibi, Mtjibi, Mucibe, Muxibe, Muzauri, Rhodesian copalwood, Rhodesian mahogany, Rhodesian teak.

Performance: African Rosewood generally saws without difficulty. It is a very durable wood, and is better than average in resistance to insects.

Affordability: $$$$ Cheaper in Europe than in the United States. Deals can be had in purchasing African rosewood, but timing is everything with this import.

Common Uses: Tools, agricultural implements, boats, cabinetry, veneers, flooring, fine furnishings, heavy construction, plywood, railroad ties, turnings, wheels.

From: The Wood Explorer:
Common Name(s): African Rosewood
Scientific Name: Guibourtia coleosperma
Distribution: Central and southern Africa
Tree Size: 35-70 ft tall, 1-3 ft trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 46-52 lbs/ft3
Basic Specific Gravity: .66
Hardness: 2,090 lbf
Rupture Strength: 14629 lbf/in2
Elastic Strength: 1,326,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 7,260 lbf/in2
Shrinkage: Radial: 3%, Tangential: 7%, T/R Ratio: 2.33

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