FSC® Azobé is available in the forests of Precious Woods, located in the Congo Basin of Gabon. The tree attains diameters till approximately 180cm. The trunks are straight and cylindrical and therefore Azobé is used in the production of large dimensions.
Freshly sawn Azobé has a red brown color, and darkens to dark red and / or chocolate brown after exposure. The heartwood has remarkable white to yellow constituents in the pores. The juvenile wood is lighter coloured and the sapwood is easy to distinguish. The wood structure is often irregular, interlocked and the texture is coarse.
Despite the high density machining can be done rather easily. Pre-drilling is necessary. The gluing experience of finger-jointing for the exterior use is good. It dries slowly with risks of cracking and deformation. Smaller dimensions show higher risk of deformation.
Due to the good mechanical and physical properties, the timber is often used for all kind of hydraulic constructions, like bridge constructions, decking’s, sheet pilings, jetties, sound barriers, stables and piles. More recently, Azobé has also been used for parts in the construction sector.