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Species Description: Wood Species

Ofram has been an historically important wood in Africa, sue, in part, to its universal popularity. Although its population was considered threaten, from overexpolitation in the first half of the 20th century, a concerted effort was made — a most successful one — to preserve the species and expand its natural range, through numerous regional and national efforts made from the ’50’s through the ’70’s, all over West and Central Africa.

Ofram has a characteristic light base color, ranging from a pale yellow to a light golden brown, to a pale tan — and sometimes muted to the point of having a greyish appearance. It often has dark brown or black overlapping highlights (as well as lighter colored patches, occasionally, ranging from yellow to orange), which is what distinguishes White Ofram (also called “Korina”) from Black Ofram (same wood / same species; just differing aesthetics). Its sap is only slightly lighter in color than its heart and can sometimes be difficult to discern.

Despite its medium to coarse texture and a small silica content, its typically straight grains (those sometimes irregular or interlocked) and modest hardness and density make it generally quite easy to work. Its glues and finishes well (with a moderate natural luster); its base color takes on a more golden tone under a clear lacquer finish. It is considered neither a tough or durable wood, so such finishing is recommended.

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Sustainability: Not currently listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Furniture, veneer, musical instruments [in particular, electric guitar bodies and (sometimes) necks, and acoustic guitar body shells (back & sides)], turnings, interior trim, ping-pong / table tennis paddles and other laminate applications.

Comments: This wood became quite popular with US electric guitar builders, after being glamorized by Gibson Guitars in 1958, with its exclusive use as a body and neck wood with the introduction of their radical “Flying V” and “Explorer” models. (It was Gibson who actually dubbed the name “Korina” for the wood — a name by which it is now commonly known, and called, within the US guitar luthier community.) To this day, it remains a very popular wood for guitar necks and, especially, bodies; although it should be noted that the wood is decidedly non-durable and is susceptible to insect attack.

 

By the early 1950’s, the wood was thought to be severely endangered. Efforts were made to replant the wood in plantations across it natural range, for the next twenty-plus years, the results of which witnessed the species expand beyond its original rainforest habitat — making its way into savannah areas and even penetrating regional evergreen forests.

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Botanical Name

Terminalia superba

Other Names

Black Limba, Limba, White Limba

Main Color Group

Variegated

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Easy

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

35

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

550

Janka Hardness - LBF

670

Janka Hardness - Newtons

2990

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Ofram
R481.40182.5 × 28 × 2.3 cmOFR1041
Weight 8.8 kg
Dimensions 182.5 × 28 × 2.3 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Pretty board with knots and surface checks.

ab
Ofram
R526.64181.5 × 28 × 2.2 cmOFR1040
Weight 8.6 kg
Dimensions 181.5 × 28 × 2.2 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board with surface checks.

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Ofram
R252.22183 × 13.3 × 2.2 cmOFR1039
Weight 4 kg
Dimensions 183 × 13.3 × 2.2 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Pretty board with surface checks.

a
Ofram
R267.32227 × 12.5 × 2.2 cmOFR1038
Weight 3.4 kg
Dimensions 227 × 12.5 × 2.2 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Nice board with surface checks.

ab
Ofram
R341.35183 × 16.5 × 2.2 cmOFR1037
Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 183 × 16.5 × 2.2 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board with surface checks.

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Ofram
R291.36181.5 × 14.2 × 2.2 cmOFR1036
Weight 4.4 kg
Dimensions 181.5 × 14.2 × 2.2 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Stunning board with surface checks.

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Ofram
R307.15228 × 13 × 2.2 cmOFR1035
Weight 3.7 kg
Dimensions 228 × 13 × 2.2 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Pretty board with a wormhole and surface checks.

a
Ofram
R300.10181 × 16 × 2.3 cmOFR1034
Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 181 × 16 × 2.3 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board with surface checks.

a
Ofram
R614.89181.5 × 17 × 4.4 cmOFR1033
Weight 10 kg
Dimensions 181.5 × 17 × 4.4 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Nice board with surface checks.

a
Ofram
R771.56182 × 19.5 × 4.4 cmOFR1032
Out of stock

Stunning board with surface checks.

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Ofram
R674.08181.5 × 20.5 × 4.4 cmOFR1031
Weight 10.2 kg
Dimensions 181.5 × 20.5 × 4.4 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Nice board with surface checks.

ab
Ofram
R691.02182.5 × 19 × 4.4 cmOFR1030
Weight 9.5 kg
Dimensions 182.5 × 19 × 4.4 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Pretty board with wormholes and surface checks.

a
Ofram
R619.98183 × 17 × 4.4 cmOFR1029
Weight 10.2 kg
Dimensions 183 × 17 × 4.4 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board with surface checks.

a
Ofram
R857.00182.5 × 21.6 × 4.4 cmOFR1028
Weight 12.3 kg
Dimensions 182.5 × 21.6 × 4.4 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Stunning board with surface checks.

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Ofram
R853.04182.5 × 21.5 × 4.4 cmOFR1027
Weight 12.3 kg
Dimensions 182.5 × 21.5 × 4.4 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Stunning board with surface checks.

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Ofram
R754.41182 × 20.8 × 4.4 cmOFR1026
Weight 11.1 kg
Dimensions 182 × 20.8 × 4.4 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board with wormholes and surface checks.

a
Ofram
R268.57152.7 × 20 × 3.2 cmOFR1025
Out of stock

Lovely board with minor defects such as knot and wormholes.

a
Ofram
R292.41152.4 × 20 × 3.2 cmOFR1024
Out of stock

Nice board with wormhole.

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Ofram
R292.41152.4 × 20 × 3.2 cmOFR1023
Out of stock

Pretty board with wormholes.

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Ofram
R267.87152.3 × 20 × 3.2 cmOFR1022
Out of stock

Nice board with knot and wormholes.

a
Ofram
R293.17152.8 × 20 × 3.2 cmOFR1021
Weight 6.6 kg
Dimensions 152.8 × 20 × 3.2 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Nice board wtth wormholes.

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Ofram
R885.86228 × 40.5 × 2.3 cmOFR1020
Out of stock

Stunning board with a few wormholes

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Ofram
R810.26227.5 × 40.5 × 2.3 cmOFR1019
Out of stock

Lovely board with minor defects such as surface checks and wormholes

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Ofram
R698.40227.5 × 32 × 2.3 cmOFR1018
Out of stock

Pretty board with wormhole

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Ofram
R698.40227.5 × 32 × 2.3 cmOFR1017
Weight 8.55 kg
Dimensions 227.5 × 32 × 2.3 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board with surface check and wormholes

aaa
Ofram
R668.89228.6 × 30.5 × 2.3 cmOFR1016
Weight 8.55 kg
Dimensions 228.6 × 30.5 × 2.3 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Nice board

aaa
Ofram
R664.21227 × 30.5 × 2.2 cmOFR1015
Weight 9 kg
Dimensions 227 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Pretty board with wormhole

aaa
Ofram
R666.54227.8 × 30.5 × 2.2 cmOFR1014
Out of stock

stunning board with a few wormholes

aaa
Ofram
R678.06228 × 31 × 2.4 cmOFR1013
Out of stock

Lovely board with wormholes

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Ofram
R240.13246 × 11.1 × 2.4 cmOFR1012
Weight 4.1 kg
Dimensions 246 × 11.1 × 2.4 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

stunning board with some worm holes

a
Ofram
R219.48246 × 9.3 × 2.3 cmOFR1011
Weight 3.75 kg
Dimensions 246 × 9.3 × 2.3 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

stunning board

aaa
Ofram
R219.31245.8 × 9.3 × 2.3 cmOFR1010
Out of stock

stunning board

aaa
Ofram
R190.76246 × 9.7 × 2.3 cmOFR1009
Out of stock

lovely board with minor defects

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Ofram
R3,438.50240 × 14 × 2.6 cmMULTOFRAM1001

Multi-pack of Ofram. Pack quantities work in units of volume. 0.1m3 per unit. For a larger volumes, add multiple packs to your cart.

  • Lengths: Various standard lengths available.  Your last plank will be shorter to round off the m3 you selected.
  • Thickness: Various standard thicknesses available.
  • Widths: Random widths, 100mm & up (average 140mm)
prime
Ofram
R618.92246 × 17.1 × 3.7 cmOFR1008
Out of stock

Lovely board, with afew worm holes

a
Ofram
R563.36275.8 × 18.6 × 2.4 cmOFR1007
Out of stock

Extremely beautiful board. Lovely colour

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Ofram
R478.24296.2 × 17.2 × 2.3 cmOFR1006
Out of stock

Beautiful board with lovely colour variation, but has a few worm holes

a
Ofram
R462.66275.2 × 16.7 × 2.3 cmOFR1005
Out of stock

Extremely beautiful board with a few worm holes.

a
Ofram
R473.19276.5 × 17 × 2.2 cmOFR1004
Out of stock

Extremely beautiful board with a few worm holes.

a
Ofram
R534.15245 × 16.3 × 3.6 cmOFR1003
Out of stock

Lovely board with a few worm holes.

ab
Ofram
R513.81245.3 × 17.4 × 3.6 cmOFR1002
Out of stock

Nice board, but has 30 cm crack on 1 surface. Rot on cracked surface goes 10cm down and 2 cm in

b
Ofram
R617.67245.5 × 17.1 × 3.5 cmOFR1001
Out of stock

Beautiful board with minor defects. Has a few worm holes and a few nots.

a

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