Danta

Reclaimed Parquet Flooring

Danta (Nesogordonia papaverifera)

Danta is also known as Kotibé, Otutu or Aborbora. It comes mainly from West Africa: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zaire. This species is a beautiful, fine quality timber.

Danta characteristics

The heartwood colour is pale purplish brown, to red, with some brown tones. The lustrous surface is similar to that of darker mahogany with an extremely fine texture. The interlocked grain produces characteristic stripes or ribboning, which shows in some of the quarter-sawn blocks. This wood has ‘small movement in service’, consequently it possesses excellent stability properties. It is also easy to work, and carves  well.

The bending strength quality of this species is very high, far superior to those of Mahogany. The compression strength as well as maximum crushing strength, is very high – higher than in Burmese teak or hard maple.
Danta has many purposes: particularly boat building, furniture, decorative items, joinery and flooring amongst many others. We often find it used in schools usually dating from the 1970s onwards.
An interesting little fact; freshly cut logs sink in water so they cannot be transported by river.
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