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Amazique

Amazique is an African hardwood very closely related to Bubinga. It has similar cell structure and working properties, but glows with a deep yellowish brown with possible greens and blacks and at times is seemingly backlit with streaks of light coming from within. Whether from within the wood or the person gazing at it is the real mystery here. Long considered a great furniture and cabinet wood, in modern times Amazique has become popular for acoustic guitar backs and sides, in which it is generally referred to as Ovangkol.

Latin: Guibourtia ehie
Location: Tropical West Africa
Trees: 2-3ft diameter, up to 100ft tall
Native Names: Amazakoue, Ehie, Anokye
Trade Names: Shedua, Ovangkol
Density: 50 lb/cubic ft