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Avodire Turreanthus africanus
GLOWING AFRICAN HARDWOOD WITH GOLDEN LUSTER
Often referred to as African satinwood, avodlre is a rich golden honey color with a gently curving grain pattern. The grain hides interlocking sections that will challenge woodworkers. The lumber finishes to a superb luster and has a medium texture that is generally uniform. Quartersawn surfaces can be particularly attractive, with some mottled figure. Avodire is not as heavy or as hard and strong as you might expect, but it is a useful species for high-quality joinery and store interiors, with some use in furniture making. The veneer is used for marquetry but it does not stain consistently.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names African satinwood
Sources West Africa, particularly Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Congo and Ivory Coast
Color Golden honey to yellow
Texture Medium and fairly even
Grain Generally wavy or straight, but with some interlocking sections
Hardness Moderate
Weight Medium (34 Ib./cu.ft.) (540 kg/cu, m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Avodire is not widely available but is medium priced. However, IUCN has reported it to be vulnerable to extinction, and we have not found certified supplies.


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