Doussie is a beautiful orange-brown wood. It is one of most popular species that are imported into Europe. In Central and West Africa is considered a sacred and healing. Essential oils have Doussie supposedly curative effect on the human body. Doussie is very stable.Sometimes sold under the name Afzelia, Doussie has been compared to both Mahogany and Teak for its favorable appearance, durability, and stability.
African Ebony is very durable. Heartwood is usually jet-black, with little to no variation or visible grain. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present.Can be difficult to work due to its extremely high density. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tearout may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain.
Iroko is very durable, and is resistant to both rot and insect attack. Heartwood is usually a yellow to golden or medium brown, with color tending to darken over time. Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Generally easy to work, with the exception of its interlocked grain, which may cause some tearout during surfacing operations.
Makore is very durable, and is also resistant to insect attack. Heartwood pink or reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of mild color variation. Yellowish sapwood can be two to three inches wide, and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Makore also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters due to its high silica content. Makore turns well, and is easy to glue and finish.
Rated as very durable; good insect resistance. Heartwood is a rather uniform pinkish brown, sometimes darker reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Sapwood is grayish brown. Figured grain patterns are also seen, such as pommele, quilted, mottled, and beeswing. Easy to work with hand or machine tools, though figured wood is much more prone to chipping and tearout in machining operations. Turns, glues, and finishes well. Responds well to steam bending.
Machining of Tali is not easy. As a result of the high density and interlocked grain, there is blunting effect on the tools. Pre-drilling is necessary. The gluing and finishing properties are rather good. Drying is difficult, with risks of checking and deformation. The sawdust can cause allergic reactions.
Moderately durable; moderate to poor insect/borer resistance. Heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Quartersawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance.Easy to work, glue, and finish. Tearout can sometimes be a problem if the grain is interlocked. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture.