Avodire is a type of West African hardwood. This type of wood has a lightweight. It is interesting to know that avodair wood is also known as African white mahogany. This species is golden yellow in color with smooth or wavy grains and has many shapes.
Among the applications of this wood, we can refer to all kinds of wooden coverings in interior decorations.
This wood plays an essential role in making kitchen cabinets, furniture and home decoration. But most of its applications are in the production of high-gloss coatings.
Avodire wood has long been valued in furniture for its naturally lustrous surface, which has led to the name African Satinwood. Commonly, the highly figured wood is used for veneers in panelling and marquetry.
A preparation from the bark of this plant is used by Baka people in southeastern Cameroon to stun fish.
It listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable, and is threatened by habitat loss.
What color is the wood of Avodire?
The color of avodair wood is pale yellow or cream. As the wood ages, its color becomes darker. Heartwood and spruce wood are usually indistinguishable. Avodire can exhibit a range of grain patterns, such as wavy, mottled, and rippled, with an almost-shimmering chatoyance, making it a popular choice for veneering applications. The grain of this wood is straight, wavy or irregular. Its texture is good and it has a high natural shine.
One of the most common questions about this type of wood is whether it is resistant to insects. In answer to this question, we must say that Avodire wood does not have high strength and is not resistant to insects and pests.
Note: This wood causes allergies for some people. As an article, it causes skin itches and symptoms similar to asthma. It is recommended that people with allergies or asthma not use this wood.
- Turraeanthus Aficanus
- Country of Origin:
- Ivory Coast
Similar in working properties to the true mahoganies (Swietenia genus), avodire is indeed botanically related as both are in the Meliaceae family, and it’s sometimes sold under the name white mahogany (though this name is also applied to Roseodendron donnell-smithii, as well as Eucalyptus acmenioides). Not surprisingly, the wood is dimensionally stable and, like true mahogany, has good working characteristics. Avodire also has a very good MOR-to-weight ratio, though it used more often for decorative rather than structural purposes.
In addition to the wood being marketed under the halo name mahogany, avodire has also been marketed under the commercial name African satinwood, though this vague name is more commonly used for movingui (Distemonanthus benthamianus)
While its grain patterns can be straight, wavy, irregular or interlocked, its texture is fine and it has an impressive natural luster which has led to it being called African Satinwood.