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The name of the wood species is Okan (Okan / Cylicodiscus gabunensis Harms). Okan is a huge deciduous tree (up to 55m high and a trunk diameter of 2.5-3m.), which grows in West Africa - in the rainforests from Sierra Leone to Liberia, Cameroon and Gabon. Okan is especially common in Nigeria and Ghana.

Other names for this breed are denya (Ghana).

Color of wood: sapwood is pinkish, sharply different from the heartwood, which is from yellow to brown with a greenish tinge. Under the influence of the external environment, when dried, the color may darken up to dark red or dark brown. The fibers are tangled. The texture is large, but the surface of the wood is polished to a shine. The wood is hard and very heavy. Dry density about 960 kg/m³.

Okan has very high wood strength, comparable to greenheart wood and multi-colored eucalyptus (karri)

Okan wood is very resistant to aggressive environmental influences. It is well processed manually and on machines, despite the high hardness. Planing and profiling are often difficult due to the tangled graininess of the fibers. Due to its high hardness, it somewhat blunts cutting tools and gives a strong scuff on radial surfaces. When planing, the cutting angle should not exceed 10°. The wood is well stained and polished, but is too hard for nailing without pre-drilling.

It is recommended for use in products in especially severe operating conditions. Ideal for making knife handles and outdoor hand tools.


Breed name - Okan (Okan)

Botan. / Latin. name - Cylicodiscus Gabunsky / Cylicodiscus gabunensis Harms

Region of growth - Africa

Its dry density is about 960 kg/m³

When planing, the cutting angle should not exceed -10 degrees

Polishing / sanding - excellent

Susceptibility to dyes - good


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