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The sapwood of Tiama is usually creamy white or pale pink and up to four inches wide, although not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. The heartwood is a pinkish-brown or a dull, uniform red. When exposed to air and sunlight, the heartwood turns a deep red-brown. The grain is tight and often interlocked, which can produce broad stripes. The wood texture, although fairly uniform, can range from medium to rather coarse.
Formal Name: Entandrophragma angolense
Other Names: Abeubegne, Acuminata, Dongomanguila, Edinam, Entandrophragma Mahogany
Tiama is found naturally in rain and deciduous forests, throughout West, Central and East Africa throughout Angola, Cameroon, the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, Zaire and along the Ivory Coast.
Generally, Tiama works rather easily with hand and machine tools, and has a low resistance to sawing. However, the lighter colored wood tends to be woolly and more difficult to saw than darker Tiama. There can be tearing of interlocked grain, but otherwise, a good finish is usually relatively easy to obtain. Tiama nails and screws satisfactorily with good holding properties. It also has good gluing properties. The wood has good polishing characteristics and stains well and evenly.
Tiama is widely used in furniture, joinery, cabinetmaking, boat construction, parquet flooring plywood and for decorative veneers.