Tamboti, Tambootie, Tambuti, Sandalo

Scientific name:  Spirostachys africana

Description:  Colour ranges from a golden-brown to a darker reddish-brown, often with black streaks throughout. Pale yellow sapwood is sharply demarcated from heartwood. Occasionally figured pieces will be seen with subtle mottled grain patterns.  Tambotie has a straight grain (though occasionally it can be wavy) with a fine, even texture. Natural oils within the wood help give it a high natural lustre.

Properties:  Overall, Tambotie has good working characteristics, and despite its high density, responds well to machining operations. However, blunting effect on cutters is medium to severe. Also, because of the presence of natural oils, the wood can be difficult to sand. Glues, turns, and finishes well; able to take on a high natural polish.