Hardwood Specialists
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Tropical Ekki hardwood

Azobe / Ekki

Azobe / Ekki

Durability
Azobé wood is very durable, class 1-2
Strength class
D70
Applications

Due to the good mechanical and physical properties of Azobé wood, also called Ekki, the timber is often used for all kind of hydraulic constructions, like bridge constructions, decking’s, sheet pilings, jetties, sound barriers, stables and piles. More recently, Azobé has also been used for parts in the construction sector.

Mass volume
1100-1300 kg/m3
Colour
Darkbrown - red
Details
Freshly sawn Azobé wood has a red brown colour, and darkens to dark red and / or chocolate brown after exposure. The heartwood has remarkable white to yellow constituents in the pores. The juvenile wood is lighter coloured and the sapwood is easy to distinguish. The wood structure is often irregular, interlocked and the texture is coarse.
Grain
Mostly crosshaired or irregular
Hardness
17.000 N
Machining
Despite the high density of Azobé wood, machining goes well. Pre-drilling is necessary. The gluing experience of finger-jointing for the exterior use is good. It dries slowly with risks of cracking and deformation. Smaller dimensions show higher risk of deformation.
Screwing/nailing
Predrilling necessary
Finishing surface
Good
Botanical name
Lophira Alata
Origin area
FSC Azobé wood is harvested in West Africa
Other names
Ekki, Bongossi
Remarks
FSC Azobé hardwood is available in the Congo Basin. The tree has a straight and cylindrical trunk and reaches a diameter till about 1.8m. It is therefore used in the production of large dimensions.
Family
Ochnaceae