Shedua, Amazique, Ovangkol

Scientific name:  Guibourtia ehie

Description: Shedua has varying shades of yellowish to reddish-brown with darker brown, gray, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked with a medium to coarse texture and moderate natural lustre.  Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern.

Properties:  Overall, a fairly easy wood to work, though Ovangkol contains silica and can therefore dull cutters prematurely. Also, if the grain is interlocked, or if there is other figure present in the wood, planing and other machining operations may be troublesome and cause tearout. Turns, glues and finishes well.