Mopane

mopane

Scientific Name: Colophospermum mopane
Location: Southern Africa
Dried Weight: 67lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 3,390lbf
Crushing Strength: 10,200lbf /in2

 

Mopane has a heartwood that is medium to dark reddish brown color, with black stripes. It will darken with age. The sapwood is a pale yellow color. The grain is interlocked and it has a fine uniform texture. The wood gives off a moderate natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Mopane is rated as very durable in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with on account of its incredibly high density and severe blunting effect. The wood has excellent turning properties.

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