Afrormosia wood is a high quality African wood. It is often compared to teak wood; in fact, it is known in many places as African teak. This creates a lot of confusion, since Iroko is also called that.

It is a species listed in the catalog of endangered species, as in the last 3 generations its population has decreased by more than 50%. Therefore, its export and commercialization are controlled. The corresponding certificates must be requested when purchasing Afrormosia wood.

Its scientific name is Pericopsis elata.

Features of Wood Afrormosia

Color: Heartwood is yellowish brown, the sapwood is lighter yellow. Over time, it gets dark.

Fiber: Straight or interlaced.

Grain: Between fine and medium.

Durability: it is very resistant to putrefaction and also to attack by insects.

Density: Approximately 690-700 kg / m3 at 12% humidity.

Toughness: Semi-hard wood. 5.9 according to the Chaláis-Meudon test.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: 7.8%. Edgy wood.

Mechanical properties:

  • Resistance to static bending: 1,190 kg / cm2.
  • Modulus of elasticity: 129,000 kg / cm2.
  • Compressive strength: 650 Kg / cm2.

Workability: In general terms it is an easy to work wood.

  • Easy sawing.
  • Slow drying, although without problems.
  • Gluing and finishing without problems.
  • It may require knockouts.
  • Stains with iron oxide.
  • It can cause allergic reactions, so it is recommended to work with a good aspiration.

The price of afrormosia wood, given its scarcity, is high.

Uses and applications

  • Decorative wood veneers. The flat cutting technique should be used, as unwinding can present problems.
  • Construction of ships and maritime infrastructure such as bridges or walkways.
  • Interior and mainly exterior carpentry. Doors, windows, floors …
  • Spinning.