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Shedua

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Species Description: Wood Species

A cousin of the more popular and well-known African tonewood, Bubinga, Ovangkol/Shedua is a softer wood (of similar weight and density) with handsome, yet greatly varying aesthetics. Its heartwood color can range anywhere from a light to medium yellow, to a light orange- or reddish-brown, usually highlighted by darker brown or black striping. Its unmistakable sapwood is pale yellow in color.

Its grains can be straight, wavy or interlocked, with generally a medium texture and nice natural luster (due in part to a somewhat high silica content). It is a tough, durable wood, usually possessing fairly cooperative working properties — although its silica content can gum up blades and cutting tools, and there can be tearout issues with boards with interlocking grain patterns. Shedua turns, glues and finishes quite well.

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Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices; categorized on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as a species of “least concern.”

Common Uses: Veneer, flooring, furniture, cabinets, trim, musical instruments and turned objects.

Comments: Although it bares very little aesthetic resemblance to Bubinga, Shedua (also a member of the Guibourtia genus) can be an impressive, visually stunning exotic wood. Tiger-stripe, fiddleback and mottled figuring can be found, on occasion. Examples can vary dramatically in appearance, one from another — so much so that they could easily be thought to be of different, unrelated species.

The wood has become quite popular as a body wood with many electric guitar luthiers who are familiar with it. Some of the more dense pieces are sometimes used as fretboards, also.

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Botanical Name

Guibourtia ehie

Other Names

Ovangkol

Main Color Group

Light Brown

Grain Pattern

Even

Workability

Medium

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

51

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

825

Janka Hardness - LBF

1330

Janka Hardness - Newtons

5900

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
SHEDUA
R620.68SHED1008
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with colour variation but has a few worm holes.

a
SHEDUA
R606.90SHED1007
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board but has a few minor cracks In the middle

a
SHEDUA
R602.72SHED1006
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board but has a few minor cracks In the middle

a
SHEDUA
R616.10SHED1005
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with colour variation but has a few worm holes.

a
SHEDUA
R736.41SHED1004
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with a few worm holes. Slightly, curved corner on 1 of the sides.

a
SHEDUA
R571.98SHED1003
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board with a few worm holes and 20 cm crack on top of board

ab
SHEDUA
R464.98SHED1002
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Nice board with minor cracks on 1 surface. Has a small mark in the middle of 1 surface

ab
SHEDUA
R369.44SHED1001
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

lovely board with minor surface defects. Few worm holes and a 10cm crack on top of the board

ab

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