Danta (Nesogordonia papaverifera) also called as kotibé, otutu or aborbora. This species comes mainly from West Africa: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zaire.
The Danta heartwood is pale brown to purplish brown in color. The lustrous surface is similar to that of dark mahogany with a very fine texture. The interlocked grain produces characteristic stripes or ribboning in some of the quarter-sawn blocks. This wood has ‘small movement in service’, consequently it possesses excellent stability properties. It is 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 in schools usually dating from the 1960s onwards.
An interesting fact is that freshly cut logs sink in water so they cannot be transported by river.
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