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TIAMA

Entandrophragma spp.

Entandrophragma spp. of the family Meliaceae, the mahogany family, this wood is most often Entandrophragma angolense but may also include any of the follwing (and possibly more I am not aware of): Entandrophragma acuminata, Entandrophragma delevoyi, Entandrophragma dolicarpum, Entandrophragma ferrugineum, Entandrophragma leplaei, Entandrophragma rederi, and Entandrophragma rufa

This tropical African wood is a loosely mahogany-related (it's in the same family, but not any of the genera that contain the woods normally meant by the name "mahogany") and you can definitely see some similarities



my samples:


plank and end grain --- the lighter corner is sapwood which as you can see is easily distinguishable from the heartwood, but not sharply demarcated.


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above


plank and end grain --- I'm not sure but I think this entire piece is probably sapwood


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


planks cut from a larger one (not the same as the other samples on this page) and a side pic of same


end grain closeups of the pieces directly above


both END GRAIN UPDATEs from directly above


veneer with very accurate color --- there is a heavy ribbon stripe to this veneer that hardly shows up at all in this pic or the one directly below


veneer with sapwood



web pics:


planks


planks listed as Entandrophragma angolense


veneer listed as tiama / Entandrophragma angolense


plank listed as tiama / Entandrophragma congoense


unsurfaced plank with the kind of brownish-rust colored patina that is found on MANY unfinished woods that have been exposed to the air for a while.


veneer


veneer listed as both "tiama mahogany" and "tropical mahogany" and I am not sure that it is the wood that is supposed to be on this page.


ribbon stripe veneer