Abashi is a valuable wood species obtained from trees of the Triplochiton scleroxylon species of the Malvaceae family, growing in tropical Africa. Other names are abachi, abash, obech (Nigeria), wawa (Ghana), ayous (Cameroon), samba (Cote d'Ivoire). It can grow up to 40 meters in height with a trunk diameter of up to 3 meters.
The color is creamy white to pale yellow, the texture is fine, even. The fibers are tangled and wavy, on radial cuts, slightly noticeable stripes are formed. Abashi wood is durable, dimensionally stable, homogeneous and low-resinous. The specific gravity in the air-dry state is 390 kg / m.cub. and despite such a low density, it can perfectly perform the functions of structural materials, lends itself well to various types of mechanical processing, including excellent polishing and gluing.
African Abashi wood easily lends itself to any technological process - it peels well for veneer, suitable for manual and mechanical processing. Easily glued, perfectly tinted in the right shade, allowing you to get amazing decorative effects, excellent nails and allows screwing without the risk of splitting the layers. Abashi wood has low thermal conductivity, it is very comfortable to the touch, and Abashi weakly absorbs moisture.
The combination of these qualities makes it possible to use Abashi wood for the manufacture of handles for specialized cutting tools, such as, for example, a fisherman's knife that does not sink in water. Also, making spacers from Abashi wood on the handle, you can accurately balance the knife.
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