From Africa – 20% Harder than Oak 50% Less Movement in Surface
Afrormosia is a West African wood, growing from Ghana south to Cameroon. It is often referred to as “African Walnut”. It’s color ranges from a light yellow-brown, when freshly milled, to a beautiful dark Walnutbrown over time. Chosen for Christie’s in New York, Georgio Armani stores worldwide, a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home in Wilmington, NC, and many others, Afrormosia’s exceptional beauty, hardness, and minimal movement in service make it our flagship flooring wood.
- Heartwood yellow brown turning to a dark brown on exposure; sapwood narrow; lighter in color and clearly demarcated.
- Mechanical Properties:
- Janka side hardness about 1,560 lb. for dry material. Shrinkage green to ovendry: radial 3.0%, tangential 6.4%; volumetric 10.7%
- Working Properties:
- Works well with hand and machine tools, finishes cleanly, turns satisfactorily, good gluing, moderate steam bending properties. Sawdust reported to be an eye irritant, good ventilation needed.
- Heartwood is rated as very durable and highly resistant to termite attack. Dark stains liable to appear if in contact with iron under damp conditions.
- Boat building, joinery, hardwood flooring, decorative veneers, considered an excellent teak substitute.