Interwood Forest Products

Movingui (Distemonanthus, benthamianus)

Trade Names:  Movingui, Nigerian Satinwood

Origin:  Africa

Range:  West Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo

Uses:  Sliced veneer for faces and rotary veneer for panels, furniture, interior fittings, paneling and parquet flooring, construction lumber.

Properties:  The heartwood is lemon to greenish-yellow, yellow-brown, darkening in time. The wood has an intensive lustrous surface which is why it is misleadingly called _African Satinwood_. The logs with pronounced figuring are particularly decorative. This figuring can occur in different forms.

Machining:  The light colored logs can be machined as a general rule without any great difficulty. The dark logs have a higher silicate content and as a result dulls tools quickly. The twisting fibre growth becomes a problem when planing at high feed speeds.

Seasoning:  Care must be taken in drying in order to avoid checking and warping.

A typical specimen for Movingui (Distemonanthus, benthamianus)