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AFRICAN WALNUT

Lovoa spp.

Lovoa trichilioides (syn. Lovoa klaineana); possibly also contributing is one (or two) other Lovoa spec. of the family Meliaceae, the mahogany family. Not a true (genus Juglans) walnut. Another common name for this, and the international trade name, is dibetou and another is lovoa.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions


dibetou veneer pics contributed by Danny Tjan, whom I thank for these and other contributions to the site.


veneer sample of benin (African walnut) / Lovoa klaineana --- HUGE enlargements are present. This part of a collection which is discussed here: COLLECTION D


veneer sold to me as lovoa (one of the many common names for Lovoa trichilioides) and described as "figured" although I would call it fiddleback for sure.

web pics:


flat cut plank


planks


planks specifically listed as Lovoa trchiliodides and with the common name dibetou


flat cut planks specifically listed as Lovoa trchiliodides and with the common name dibetou


ribbon stripe planks specifically listed as Lovoa trchiliodides and with the common name dibetou


veneer, flat cut and quartersawn




veneer


ribbon stripe veneer


veneer, listed as curly but I'd call it fiddleback


crotch veneer


swirl veneer (a near-crotch)


listed as African walnut veneer, this looks to me to be more like a picture of a rough concrete sidewalk that someone has puked on. Sorry about that, but I call'm as I see'm.


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