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MUNINGA

Pterocarpus angolensis

Pterocarpus angolensis of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family

From Southern Africa, this wood is also widely sold in the USA as kiaat. It is sometimes used as a teak substitute



my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of muninga / Pterocarpus angolensis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of kiaat / Pterocarpus angolensis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above



web pics:


planks


plank that is clearly curly / fiddleback, although it was not listed as either


both of these pics were labeled kiaat and are from a vendor who tends to show many woods as purple, regardless of the actual color of the wood, so I find the color here to be very dubious.




planks listed as kiaat


pen blanks sold as kiaat


turning stock


scales listed as kiaat


scales listed as kiaat, all from the same vendor


turned box



all of the following are from the BogusColorVendor so the colors are suspect


planks


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


figured plank



both sides and two closeups of a plank labeled as "fiddleback" kiaat. I find the "fiddleback" designation highly dubious. It's clear from the closeup that there are at least some areas on the plank with a tight curl, but this is a very sloppy fiddleback.