Etimoe wood, whose scientific name is copaifera salikounda, is native to eastern and central Africa. More specifically from countries like Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast or Liberia.
Overexploitation has made it a species classified as vulnerable, since its population has decreased by more than 20% in the last generation.
Characteristics of Etimoe wood
Color: Heartwood slightly reddish with grayish and brown tones. The sapwood has cream and / or yellow tones.
Fiber: Straight or slightly interlaced.
Grain: Between fine and medium.
Density: Approximately 710 kg / m³ at 12% humidity. Semi-heavy wood.
Toughness: It is a semi-hardwood with 5.1 in the Monnin test. It has one of the best weight-resistance ratios.
Durability. It is relatively resistant to wood insects and fungi.
Dimensional stability: Moderately stable.
- Dimensional stability coefficient: 0.53%. Moderately nervous.
- Compressive strength: 693 kg / cm2
- Resistance to static bending: 1,172 kg / cm2
- Modulus of elasticity: 148,470 kg / cm2
Impregnation: Impregnable sapwood, heartwood slightly impregnable.
Workability: It is an easy wood to work with.
- Sawn. No problems.
- Drying. There is a small risk of deformation. Normal drying speed.
- Machining No problem.
- Glued. No problems.
- Finishes. It naturally produces enough resin to present any stain problems.
It has a characteristic fragrance, and its resin has already been used as a perfume in some countries in Africa.
Uses of Etimoe
- Decorative veneers and plywood boards. Today is the format in which we will probably find etimoe wood.
- Internal and external furniture.
- Interior carpentry: doors, advantages, friezes, baseboards …
- Facade cladding.
- Ship building.
- Laminated wood.