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KD Obeche Obeche, also known as African Maple, is a hardwood tree that is native to West Africa. It belongs to the Triplochiton genus and its scientific name is Triplochiton scleroxylon. The tree can grow up to 60 metres tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 3 metres, and has a straight bole that is clear of branches for up to 35 metres. The wood is creamy white in colour, with a fine and even texture, and a straight grain. Obeche is a popular choice for interior design, joinery, and furniture making due to its light weight and ease of workability. It is also used for decorative veneers, toys, and musical instruments. The wood is easy to work with both hand and machine tools, and can be glued, nailed, screwed, and finished with ease. It is also resistant to decay and insect attack, which makes it ideal for use in humid environments. Obeche is a sustainable timber source, with forests being managed for selective harvesting to ensure future growth. The wood is also readily available and affordable, which makes it a popular choice for both commercial and domestic applications. The wood is known for its stability and resistance to warping, which makes it ideal for use in saunas. Obeche wood is classified as a non-durable wood species, meaning it is not naturally resistant to decay and insect attacks. Without proper treatment or protection, Obeche wood is susceptible to rot, fungal growth, and damage from wood-boring insects. This makes it important to apply appropriate preservatives or finishes to enhance its longevity and protect it from environmental factors.
Category Hardwoods / African Far Eastern Hardwoods Botanitcal Name Triplo Chiton Scleroxylon Origin African Uses Saunas, Fine Cabinetry
Density 390 kg/m3 Colour Creamy White to Pale yellow Grain Interlocked Texture Moderately fine and even