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Gilbertiodendron spp.

Gilertiodendron dewevrei (syn. Macrolobium dewevrei), Gilbertiodendron preussii (syn. Macrolobium preussii), and Gilbertiodendron brachystegioides of the family Fabaceae (syn. Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family

A fairly heavy, very durable, African wood that reportedly works well but has some movement in service.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions

plank and closeup

the other side of the same plank as above, and a closeup. I don't know if this is spalted, or if this kind of figure is normal for this species. Based on the few web pics I could find, I'd judge that this streaking might well be a normal figure.

sanded sample and end grain, cut from the piece directly above

end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above (the end grain shot is inverted but the update isn't)

web pics:


plank and closeup

guitar blank --- NOTE: to me, this looks suspiciously like limba, which is an unrelated wood, but it may well be limbali