Andiroba Veneer

Andiroba veneer

Andiroba is also known as British Guyana Mahogany, Carapa, Cedro Bateo, Cedro Macho and Crabwood, and is found in Central, Latin & South America, Oceania, South East Asia - especially from Cuba to Peru & Brazil, where the emollient nut oil processed from the Andiroba tree has been used for centuries as a natural insect repellent, and to treat skin parasites and many skin problems such as dermatitis.

Sometimes used as a substitute for Mahogany which it resembles, Andiroba heartwood becomes a dark brown when exposed to light after drying, changing from its natural fresh colour of light salmon to reddish brown. The sapwood which is sometimes clearly demarcated from the heartwood changes to pale brown or greyish from its original pinkish colour, and makes up more of the tree than the heartwood.

The grain is usually straight but sometimes interlocked and roey; and can have an attractive stripe and parallel, irregular rays when quartersawn. The texture is generally fine, but can be medium or coarse.

Andiroba veneer polishes well to a smooth finish with lustre varying from low to high, and the wood has no distinctive odour or taste.

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