Interwood Forest Products

Etimoe (Copaifera, salikounda)

Trade Names:  Etimoe

Origin:  Africa

Range:  West Africa from Guinea through Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana to Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Congo.

Uses:  Sliced veneer for faces and as rotary veneer for plywood production, furniture, paneling and parquet flooring. Hardly known in furniture production in Central Europe. Popular decoration wood in Southern Europe and in the United States especially when figured.

Properties:  The color is reddish-brown with darker color zones. The grain is often interlocked with frequent figuring in the surface. The heartwood is durable and resistant to insect attack. The wood has a resin content and a slight smell similar to a Cedar.

Machining:  Working is not made particularly difficult by the resin content. However, carbide-tipped tools should be used.

Seasoning:  Drying must be carried out very slowly and carefully to prevent inner tension.

A typical specimen for Etimoe (Copaifera, salikounda)