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Pen #12


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January 2004 - I bought this wood on the internet.  This wood is found in West Africa, mainly in Gabon and Cameroon, gregarious, sometimes in pure stands along riverbanks. The Tree is a  tall tree to 150 ft; bole straight and cylindrical but relatively short, up to 50 ft; trunk diameters 4 to 5 ft over low buttresses. The heartwood is pale yellow brown with narrow darker streaks, striping pattern varies considerably; sapwood is white up to 4 in. wide.  This is a distinct wood with texture medium to coarse, the grain is usually wavy or interlocked, lustrous and has an unpleasant odor that usually disappears after drying.