Light red, fairly uniform colour. Timber exposed to air shifts into reddish brown. Some pieces are patterned, bringing out the silver figure or have a mottled aspect.
Origin: Gabon, Cameroon and Congo
Possible end-uses: Cabinet-making, furniture, millwork, joinery, boatbuilding
Physical and mechanical properties: Good elasticity, shock resistant, medium natural durability
Yellow brown heartwood going towards dark brown after exposure. Light and well-defined sapwood; fine texture.
Possible end-uses: Flooring, veneer, furniture, joinery
Marketing: Sawnwood – CITES species
Physical and mechanical properties: the wood is hard and elastic with excellent shock-resistance. The texture is fine and the wood is naturally durable
Yellow brown to light brown wood. Not clearly demarcated sapwood, medium texture. Light peppery odeur. Also called Tola.
Possible end-uses: Veneer and Plywood, glued laminated, exterior joinery, light carpentry
Marketing: Sawn timber
Physical and mechanical properties: The wood is quite light, with low shrinkage and stable in use
Gold Dore bars are semi-pure bars, with purity usually 95% and above. Dore bars are then safely transported to the refinery for further purification to achieve 99.9% purity. Shipped FOB or CIF from Lebanon, Cameroon, Kenya and Tanzania
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Purity 95%+ Karat 22+ Shape rectangular
The wood is naturally very light yellow to white or grey. Sapwood and heartwood of the same colour. Also called Obeche, Samba or Wawa
Possible end-uses: Plywood, mouldings, sauna slats, interior joinery.
Marketing: Logs, KD sawnwood and finished products
Physical and mechanical properties: The wood has fine texture and is easy to work
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Dark red to purple brown wood. Intermediary zone between the sapwood and perfect wood (duramen). White deposits in the pores.
Possible end-uses: Hydraulic works (in freshwater and in a maritime environment), sleepers, bridges, heavy carpentry, wood frame construction
Physical and mechanical properties: Very heavy and hard wood with excellent resistance
There are two sub-species: The brown Beli (alternating different shades of brown), and the red Beli (uniform coppery red colour)
Possible end-uses: Cabinet-making, flooring, plywood, coffins.
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Physical and mechanical properties: semi-hard to hard wood, nervous, elastic and resistant to splitting
The wood is perfect golden yellow or yellow orange slightly mottled. Stable wood colour when used for interior applications. Well demarcated sapwood, medium texture. Also called Badi.
Possible end-uses: Sleepers, hydraulic works (even for seawater uses), exterior panelling, heavy carpentry, bridges, shipbuilding
Physical and mechanical properties: Rather heavy and hard wood. Good stability
The wood is uniformly pinkish brown. The fibre is usually quite curly, producing a nice mottled aspect. It can be quite oily due to resin exudation.
Origin: Cameroon and Congo
Possible end-uses: Cabinet-making, interior and exterior joinery, furniture, stairs
Marketing: Sawnwood and logs
Physical and mechanical properties: the wood is soft, moderately nervous and elastic with excellent shock-resistance.