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Tali / Sasswood
Formal Name: Erythrophleum suaveolens
Color: The heartwood is yellowish brown to reddish brown and darkens upon exposure. The sapwood is distinctive in the whitish to pinkish-white color.
Grain: The grain is typically highly interlocked.
Workability: Easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Also has excellent finishing qualities.
Physical Properties: Fine pores, scattered and numerous. Texture is medium and uniform. This species is very high density, resulting in a very hard wood. It is a very durable wood and suitable for exterior use, even untreated. Excellent stability, with high bending strength qualities.
Uses: joinery, flooring, railway sleepers, harbor and dock work, turnings, construction and bridges. It is also used in boat building and marine construction.
Origin: Central and West Africa.