Beli is durable and resistance to insects. Heartwood is a light brown, commonly with alternating darker stripes throughout. Quartersawn sections in particular exhibit a Zebrawood-like appearance. Wide sapwood is a pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood, and lacks the darker stripes. Generally easy to work with hand and machine tools, though tearout can occur on sections with interlocked grain.
Hardwood color ranges from golden yellow brown to a deeper reddish brown, frequently with darker black streaks and stripes. Paler sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.Generally easy to work with hand or machine tools, though planing or surfacing interlocked grain may result in tear-out, particularly on quarter-sawn surfaces.Glues, turns, and finishes well.
Bosse is a very durable wood. Heartwood initially a pale pinkish brown, darkening with age to a more golden to medium brown. Pale yellowish sapwood is well defined. Can be highly figured, with grain patterns such as pommele being sought after in veneer form. Workability Results may vary depending upon the grain of the wood: interlocked and/or quartersawn pieces can pose a difficulty planing, with tearout being common
Bubinga is a beautiful, dense hardwood with a lustrous appearance. Its heartwood has a rose-colored background with darker purple or black striping. Bubinga’s sapwood is a pale yellow color that is distinctly separate from the heartwood. This wood is very durable and easy to work overall, though depending upon the species
Often completely black, with little or no discernible grain. Occasionally slightly lighter, with a dark brown or purplish hue. The pale yellow sapwood is usually very thin, and is clearly demarcated from the darker heartwood. Very durable in regards to decay resistance. African Blackwood has a mild—though distinctive—scent while being worked.
African Mesquite is a durable to very durable regarding decay resistance, and also has good resistance to insect attack. African Mesquite is said to have a fragrant odor while being worked. Heartwood tends to be a reddish brown, which darkens with age. Sapwood is a yellow/tan color. African Mesquite contains silica, and can have a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges.
Generally easy to work, though the interlocked grain can cause some rough surfaces in some machining operations. Carves, stains, glues, and finishes well. Heartwood tends to be a pale yellow, with the sapwood not clearly differentiated from the heartwood. Colors darken slightly with age. Moderately-durable; poor insect resistance and liable to fungal staining and discoloration if not dried promptly.