Ovangkol (Guibourtia ehie)

Ovangkol Wood Details (Know Your Wood)

Color/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.

Workability: Overall a fairly easy wood to work, though Ovangkol 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.

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: moderately durable, with good resistance to insect attack. Ovangkol is reported to have a strong unpleasant odor when wet, which disappears once the wood has dried.

Common Uses: Veneer, furniture, cabinetry, turned objects, musical instruments, and flooring.

Comments: This wood wins the award for the most commonly-used aliases, with no single name being predominant. When used in guitars, it’s most commonly referred to as Ovangkol. Most other woodworkers favor either Shedua or Amazique, while veneer is sometimes sold under the name Mozambique. All refer to the same wood species: Guibourtia ehie.

Ovangkol (Guibourtia ehie): Available in Logs/Customised Form

Product Details

Common Name(s):Amazique, Amazoue, Mozambique, Ovangkol, Shedua

Scientific Name:Guibourtia ehie

Distribution:Tropical west Africa

Tree Size:110-150 ft (30-45 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight:51 lbs/ft3 (825 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC):.67, .82

Janka Hardness:1,330 lbf (5,900 N)

Modulus of Rupture:20,350 lbf/in2 (140.3 MPa)

Elastic Modulus:2,701,000 lbf/in2 (18.6 GPa)

Crushing Strength:9,320 lbf/in2 (64.2 MPa)

Shrinkage:Radial: 4.3%, Tangential: 8.3%, Volumetric: 12.1%, T/R Ratio: 1.9

Shipping Details

  • Available in Logs/Swan Boules/Lumber/Customised Form

  • Loading Port; Douala/Mombassa

  • Avg Lengh : – Around 12 Meter Max. (if loading is in containers)

  • One Container we can load around 19 to 22CBM.

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