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Amphimas pterocarpoides and Amphimas ferrugineus of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family
This coarse wood is fairly common in much of African where it has a wide variety of uses. It is also known as "white wenge" because although the color is nothing like wenge (thus the "white") the grain can at times be strikingly similar to wenge.
plank and closeup
sanded sample and end grain cut from the piece directly above --- the end grain pic has a shade too much red. After sanding, I found that this wood does not have the coarse grain that is reported for the species, and the vendor from whom I bought it said that his supplier was unreliable and therefore the identification is suspect. This piece is moderately heavy, has a moderately fine texture, and is VERY smooth to the touch, but as you can see in the enlargement it has the somewhat grainy appearance of lati.
end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE
of the piece directly above
veneer sheet and two closeups --- the color on the first closeup is a bit too rich; the other two are correct
quartersawn veneer sheet listed as m'futu. This sheet was loaned to me by John Koehn whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
"white wenge" veneer pics provided to me by Danny Tjan, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site
plank listed as lati / Amphimas ptercocarpoides
plank listed as lati / Amphimas ferrugineus and with a color that I find highly dubious although I cannot say with certainty that it is incorrect
bookmatched planks listed as yaya / white wenge
bookmatched planks (might be veneer?) listed as yaya / white wenge
pen turned from lati / Amphimas pterocarpoides. Photograph contributed to the site by the pen turner, Bruce Selyem, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The pen is finished with shellwax.