Ovangkol has been used for years with the purpose of reaching a beauty appearance and a traditional and powerful acoustic. This wood also offers high notes and good harmonics.
Ovangkol is easy to work with, cheap and extremely beautiful. In a few words, this wood is a sustainable alternative if we compare it with other species more popular.
BOTANIC NAME: Guibouthia ehie.
COMMON NAMES: Ovangkol
ORIGIN: Central Africa.
DESCRIPTION: Density 780-825 Kg/m3. Varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, grey, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to coarse texture, with moderate natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall a fairly easy wood to work, though Ovangkol contains silica and can therefore dull cutters prematurely. Also, if the grain is interlocked, or if there is other figure present in the wood, planning and other machining operations may be troublesome and cause tear out. Turns, glues and finishes well.
DRYING: Slow to normal drying process. Risk of deformation.
USES: Musical instruments. Floors and furniture.
BOTANIC NAME: Piratinera Guianensis
COMMOM NAMES: Snakewood, Amourette.
ORIGIN: South America
DESCRIPTION: Density 1210 Kg/m3. Reddish brown, with contrasting darker brown or black patches. Colour tends to darken and homogenize with age. Grain is straight, with a fine even texture. High natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Snakewood is extremely dense, and has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. Snakewood also tends to be quite brittle and can splinter easily while being worked. Turns well and finishes to a high polish.
DRYING: Drying speed is slow. Risk of deformation.
USES: Inlay, veneer, violin bows, tool handles, and other small turned or specialty objects.
Electric fingerboards purple heart estimated dimension 530x75x9mm
BOTANIC NAME: Peltogyne pubelcens.
COMMON NAMES: Purpleheart, Amaranth.
ORIGIN: Central America.
DESCRIPTION: Density 880 kg/m3. When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull greyish/purplish brown. Upon exposure, the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple.
RECOMMENDATIONS: If the wood is heated with dull tools, or if cutter speeds are too high, Purpleheart will exude a gummy resin that can clog tools and complicate the machining process. Depending on the grain orientation, can be difficult to plane without tear out. Purpleheart also has a moderate dulling effect on cutters.
DRYING: Drying speed varies from normal to slow. Risk of deformation
USES: Musical instruments, furniture. It has excellent strength properties, and can be used in applications where strength is important.