GUAREA

bosse> BOTANICAL NAMES
Guarea cedrata Pellegr. It belongs to the family of Meliaceae.

> TRADE NAMES
Guarea – Great Britain
Basse – France, Belgium, Germany

> ORIGINAL NAMES
Krassi, multigbanaye – Ivory Coast
Obobo-nufua, akuraten – Nigeria

> GROWTH AREA
This tree is distributed throughout the humid forests of the west tropical Africa, from the Guinea and Senegal coasts throughout the Belgian Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria; but, the area where mainly develops is Ivory Coast.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
The heartwood is clearly distinguished from the sapwood. It has an uniform colour: when the wood is fresh presents some light reddish nuances and tends to become darker after a long exposure to the light. The sapwood is very large and its colour is pink-whitish. Its texture is regular, homogeneous and quite fine, with some irregular controfìli. It often presents a high resin content that could possibly compromise joints.

> DRYING METHOD
The artificial drying is easy, even if it is better to dry at a moderate temperature, because of the resin presence.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Dried on the open air, it has a specific weight that change from 600 to 700 Kg/m3.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
It is easily worked and jointed with nails, screws and glue. Since this is a durable wood, it is used both for naval furnishings and in carpentry. This material is also used for the realisation of parquet floors and for decorative purposes, as substitute of mahogany which it is very similar in appearance. Just cut, it has a cedar smell that tends to disappear as time goes by.

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