From the Equatorial forests of Africa’s Western Congo, Movingui (Distemonanthus benthamianus ) has beautiful deep & golden yellow colors. It is also known as Nigerian Satinwood or Ayan wood. Once in a while a figured log that is not cut into veneer makes it through to the lumber market. The wood is dense and easy to work. It is used in a variety of items including cabinets to floors, jewelry boxes, veneer, furniture and turned articles. Quartersawn surfaces may be inclined to tearout during planing, and charring of the wood may occur during drilling. It glues, stains, and finishes well. Movingui trees are 100-125′ feet tall and 3-5′ ft in diameter.
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