Scientific Name: Lophira alata
Location: West Africa
Dried Weight: 66lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 3,225lbf
Crushing Strength: 13,900lbf /in2


Ekki has a heartwood with a dark reddish or violet brown color while the sapwood has a pale pinkish white color. The grain is interlocked and it has a coarse texture. The wood gives off a low natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Ekki is rated as very durable in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with because of its density, interlocked grain, and pronounced blunting effect on cutters. It is also difficult to glue due to its density and oil content.