Uses: This attractive wood has high strength properties, durability and outstanding stability and is deal for high-class joinery, furniture and cabinetmaking. Also for fancy turnery and carvings, tool and knife handles, spirit levels, paddles and oars, and agricultural implements. It has a high resistance to abrasion and makes and excellent heavy-duty flooring timber, also suitable for floors where under-floor heating has been installed because of dimensional stability. Selected logs are sliced to form very attractive decorative veneers. Renowned as a dye wood.
General Description: The heartwood is a vivid blood red, toning down to dark purple-brown with red streaks upon exposure. The grain is straight to interlocked with a moderately coarse texture. Weight varies from 640-800 kg/m³ (40-50 lb/ft³), average 720 kg/m³ (45 lb/ft³); specific gravity .72.
The timber has excellent strength properties especially in bending and crushing strengths, with medium resistance to shock loads and stiffness.
Dries fairly rapidly and very well with a minimum of degrade. The movement is exceptionally small in service.
The heartwood is very durable and moderately resistant to preservative treatment.
Family Name: Leguminosae
Latin Name: Pterocarpus soyauxii
Distribution: Central and West Tropical Africa.
Also known as: Camwood, barwood (UK); corail (Belgium).
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