Formal Name: Tieghemella heckelii
Color: Heartwood ranges in color from pale pink to deep red, or red-brown. The sapwood is white to light pink, and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Figured grain patterns are commonly seen: mottled, curly, wavy and moire.
Workability: Can be difficult to work with both hand and machine tools, due to its high silica content. This causes severe blunting of cutting edges, particularly in dry wood, and carbide-tipped saws are recommended. The wood holds screws well and glues satisfactorily, although it tends to split when nailing. An excellent finish can be produced with care.
Physical Properties: Medium bending and crushing strength. Low stiffness and resistance to shock. Heartwood is suitable for moderate steam bending, however sapwood will buckle.
Interior/Exterior: both interior and exterior