Copalwood (Guibourtia coleosperma)

Copalwood is the most unusual and beautiful timber. Also known as African Rosewood, or Senegal Rosewood  the species comes from Western Africa: Guinea, Nigeria, Mali, Benin and Senegal. It occurs naturally in Southern Congo, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Copalwood characteristics

The heartwood is pinkish brown or pale red-brown with pinkish or reddish stripes. Over time it darkens to a rich mahogany-like red-brown colour with the stripes becoming paler. The heartwood is distinct from the yellowish white to pale pink sapwood. The sapwood can be up to 9 cm wide. The grain of the wood is straight or interlocked. The texture moderately fine and even and in addition the wood is dense and heavy. This wood has an attractive figure and a fragrant smell when freshly cut.

Uses include: construction, flooring, joinery, interior trim, furniture, mine props, ship building and railway sleepers. As well as tool handles, turnery and decorative veneer. Traditionally it is also used for canoes. On the international timber market however this timber is only traded in small quantities.

This is a rare species which has such beauty and interest. It will make a wonderful charactered floor, hard-wearing and first quality.

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Copalwood close-up

Copalwood close-up