Thanks to its durability, Okan wood is used in all kind of hydraulic constructions, like bridges, decking’s, sheet pilings, jetties, sound barriers, stables and piles.
1000-1200 kg/m3. At 12% moisture level 850-950 kg/m3.
Freshly sawn Okan wood has a yellow to golden yellow colour, with (dark) green/olive green shade. After exposure, the wood darkens to red brown, often with a coppery glow.
As a result of the dark colored edges, the growth rings of Okan can be clearly seen on the crosscut surface. The 50-75 mm thick sapwood is light pink and is easy to distinguish. The unpleasant smell of Okan disappears after drying.
The wood structure is interlocked.
The texture is medium coarse.
Okan wood dries very slowly, with risks of cracking.
As a result of the high density, Okan hardwood is not easy to machine. Furthermore, the wood causes a blunting effect of the tools. It dries very slowly, with risks of cracking.
Pre-drilling is necessary.
The gluing is difficult, and finishing is possible.
Topical West Africa
The tree has a straight and cylindrical trunk and reaches up to 40 – 50 m with a diameter till about 1.5 m (max 3 m).