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Shedua

Also referred to as Mozambique or Ovangkol. Wood can vary with shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, gray, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Tropical West Africa

Scientific Name

Guibourtia ehie

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.67

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.82

Janka Hardness

1330

Colour/Appearance

Varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, gray, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern.

Grain/Texture

Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to coarse texture, with moderate natural luster.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; large pores, very few to few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; deposits occasionally present; growth rings distinct due to marginal parenchyma and slight decrease in pore frequency near growth ring borders; parenchyma vasicentric, lozenge, confluent, and marginal; narrow to medium rays, normal spacing.

Rot Resistance

Rated as durable to very durable with good resistance to insect attack.

Workability

Overall a fairly easy wood to work, though Shedua contains silica and can therefore dull cutters prematurely. Also, if the grain is interlocked, or if there is other figure present in the wood, planing and other machining operations may be troublesome and cause tearout. Turns, glues and finishes well.

Odor

Reported to have a strong unpleasant odor when wet, which disappears once the wood has dried.

Allergies/Toxicity

Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Shedua.

Pricing/Availability

Good availability for both lumber and veneer. Unfigured wood is in the mid-range of imported hardwoods, though curly or figured wood is likely to be more expensive.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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