Reclaimed parquet flooring
Agba – (Gossweilerodendron balsamiferum)
A prolific species of tropical hardwood mainly from west Africa. The countries of distribution are: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo as well as Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and finally Zaire. Other names for Agba are Nigerian cedar, Ntola and Pink mahogany.
This tree is one of the largest in tropical west Africa. It reaches heights of up to 200 ft (60 m) and a diameter of 7 ft (2m). Despite its size, it is a relatively lightweight timber as well as being strong.
The species resembles that of African mahogany, which have very similar characteristics. The wood has a bright, clean compact appearance. The heartwood is initially yellowish- to pinkish- golden tones. The heartwood darkens a little upon exposure, the sapwood is a golden straw colour. There is in fact little difference between the two. The grain is straight or slightly interlocked, and the texture is moderately silky, fine and even. The surfaces are fairly lustrous when finished.
Sanding is one of the ways to confirm identification of a species. The way the timber reacts when sanded plus any scent it may give off. Agba has a slightly peppery odour however this scent is noticeable only when freshly cut or sanded. It also has a resin which makes it unsuitable for contact with food.
Agba is stable and easy to work with. This wood has numerous applications including furniture as well as parquet flooring.
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