Jambire (Panga – Panga)

The wood: Heartwood dark brown to almost black with alternate layers of light and dark tissue forming a decorative figure ; sapwood yellowish white , clearly demarcated . rather coarse texture; straight grain. It weighs 800-870 kg / m3 with a 12% humidity. Scientific name:
Millettia stuhlmannii

Seasonig : It seasons fairly well and quickly with little degrade workability : Sawdust is a bit difficult

uses: It is often used for flooring, general construction

Other names: Jambire , Messara , Wenge , Mpande , Awoung

The Wood

OMMON NAMES: Boxes and Crates, Cabinet-making, Carvings, Chairs, Chests, Desks, Fine Furniture, Flooring, Furniture Components, Furniture Squares or Stock, Furniture, Joinery, Kitchen Cabinets, Office Furniture, Parquet  Flooring, Pianos, Toys, Vats.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE: Believed to be abundant and secure but status has not been officially assessed.

HEARTWOOD COLOUR: Brown, dark brown, black to chocolate. Alternating bands of light and dark tissue.

SAPWOOD COLOUR: White to yellow to light brown. Distinct from heartwood.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: The wood has a characteristic partridge feathered figure. Texture is fine. Abundant small dark yellow gum pockets are present. Excellent stability in service and highly resistant to abrasion (good for flooring).

WORKING PROPERTIES: Easy to bore, carve, saw, nail, screw, mould, plane and turn. Gluing may require some surface treatment. Works well with hand tools. Excellent painting, polishing and staining finishes.