Makore (Tieghemella heckelii, T. africana)


Common Names: Makore


Distribution: Western and Middle Africa (from Sierra Leone to Gabon)


Color/Appearance: Heartwood is pink or reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of mild color variation. Yellowish sapwood can be two to three inches wide and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Figured grain patterns (such as mottled or curly) are a common occurrence.


Janka Hardness: 1,200 lbf


Density: 3.58 lb/b.f.


Allergies/Toxicity: Reported to cause eye, throat and skin irritation, as well as headache, giddiness and effects on the central nervous system and blood circulation.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: yes


Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects and other small wooden specialty items.