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Back and Sides for acoustic guitars

Botanical name Spirostachys africana
Family Euphorbiaceae
Local name African Cocobolo
English name Sandalwood
Distribution géographique North and East of South Africa, Mozambique, in Eastern Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
The tree It grows in woodlands, on poor and acidic soil,  where the specie is often dominant. Distinctive reddish flowers.
The wood It is brown and dark brown, sapwood is bright yellow. It is hard to very hard, specific weight 950 Kg / m3,  when air dried. The wood releases a persistent, pleasant smell.
Seasoning Very slow, but shrinkage or distortion free.
Workability Works well on late and with chisel. Difficult to glue because of its oily sap. When freshly cut releases toxic latex. It is essential to protect eyes and nose. 
Use Manufacturing of furniture and curios. Good for carving, it polishes well and gives a shiny finish.
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