Samba wood is a light, light but resistant and very versatile wood. Among its uses, its excellent benefits for the manufacture of saunas stand out.

He is native to Africa, where he is known by different names depending on the country: wawa in Ghana, nursery in Nigeria, Ayous in Cameroon and / or samba in Ivory Coast. It occurs mainly in the western jungles of Central Africa, where it can reach 65 meters in height and 7 meters in circumference.

In areas where the species grows naturally, it is practically depleted due to extraction without adequate control, which is not always illegal.

Its scientific name is Triplochiton scleroxylon.

Features of Ayous wood

Color: Light yellow to creamy white. There is no big difference between the sapwood and the heartwood.

Fiber: Usually straight, sometimes interlaced.

Grain: Medium to thick.

Density: It is a light wood with an approximate density of 380 kg / m3 at 12% humidity.

Toughness: Soft wood with 1.2 in the Monnin test.

Durability: Reduced against fungi and insects. It is necessary to treat it to increase its durability.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: 0.33% slightly edgy wood.

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: 285 kg / cmtwo
  • Static flexural strength: 620 kg / cmtwo
  • Modulus of elasticity: 59,500 kg / cmtwo

Impregnation: Little impregnable


  • Sawn. Smoothly.
  • Drying. Fast and with reduced risk of deformation.
  • Brushed. Smoothly.
  • Glued. No problem, although it can absorb some adhesive.
  • Nailed and screwed. Smoothly.
  • Finish. Smoothly.
ayous wood

Uses of samba wood

  • One of the main uses of samba wood is the manufacture of indoor furniture. Also for frames.
  • Manufacture of saunas.
  • Wood veneers. It has similar benefits to poplar and paulownia wood and is often used interchangeably, sheet metal fabrication one of those uses.
  • Manufacture of musical instruments.
  • It is crushed for the manufacture of fiber and chipboard.
  • Manufacture of slatted plates.
  • Frames.
  • Packing

It is a common substitute for poplar wood.

Its use in saunas – Ayous sauna

samba wood

Sauna manufacturing requires wood with “diverse” benefits. Among them must be the difficulty of producing chips, something very valuable when the bare skin will come in contact with the wood. That does not accumulate temperature, that is, that it loses quickly and does not overheat. It does not produce resins that can adhere to the skin.

Samba ayous wood combines all these characteristics, therefore, one of its main uses is the manufacture of saunas.