Ayous (Homé Hout, 2024)
Ayous (Homé Hout, 2023)
Common Name(s): Obeche, ayous, samba, wawa, African whitewood
Scientific Name: Triplochiton scleroxylon
Distribution: Tropical West Africa
Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 380 kg/m3 (MC 12%)
Shrinkage: Radial: 3.1%, Tangential: 5.3%,Volumetric: 8.7%, T/R Ratio: 1.7
Color/Appearance: Heartwood tends to be a pale yellow, with the sapwood not clearly differentiated from the heartwood. Colors darken slightly with age. Can be prone to fungal staining if not dried properly. Interlocked grain can give a ribbon-stripe appearance on quartersawn surfaces similar to satinwoods and sometimes compared to primavera.
Grain/Texture: Grain tends to be slightly interlocked (though sometimes straight), with a medium to coarse texture and good natural luster.
Rot Resistance: Rated as non-durable; poor termite and borer resistance. (It is not uncommon to find borer holes and/or fungal discoloration on wood that has not been properly processed and dried.)
Workability: Generally easy to work, though interlocked grain can cause some rough surfaces in some machining operations. Carves, stains, glues, and finishes well.
Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, carvings, furniture, and interior millwork, as well as beams, posts, and planks in local house construction. Obeche is also used occasionally as an alternate tonewood for electric guitar bodies.
Comments: This African hardwood is used locally throughout its natural range, and as a result, it known by a great number of regional names, such as ayous, obeche, samba, and wawa. 
In most instances, the wood grain is rather bland and nondescript in appearance. Much like basswood (Tilia spp.), the wood is sometimes used more or less as a filler—a blank canvas that can be stained, painted over, carved, or used in more utilitarian purposes. Obeche wood tends to be very soft and lightweight, but also has a decent strength-to-weight ratio.


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