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Holoptelea grandis

Holoptelea grandis of the family Ulmaceae. A relatively obscure African wood, rarely seen in the USA and not, to my mind, particularly worth searching after. It is medium weight, moderately soft, works easily and glues well but is not particularly attractive.

my samples:

several small planks sold to me as kekele with no botanical designation but I believe they are Holoptelea grandis

a cut-off from one of the planks above and an end grain shot

end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above

web pics:

plank listed as kekele / Holoptelea grandis

plank listed as just kekele