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Sustainably Sourced & Milled West African Timber

Tali (Erythrophleum ivorense) is a species of leguminous tree found in the rainforests of tropical West and Central Africa. The tree has many uses; the timber is used for heavy construction, for making charcoal and for firewood, the bark is used for tanning and in traditional medicine, and both bark and seeds are poisonous and used for hunting.

The timber is very durable and is traded internationally. It is used for heavy construction, bridges, wharves and railway sleepers, as well as for boat building and wheel hubs.

JSC Timber is proud to source and recommend this FSC® certified hardwood.  See how architects have created dynamic and unique impacts with this timber in the project gallery and contact us to learn more about the benefits of working with this sustainable timber
Tags: Dark colour, Outdoor use, Hardwood, Dense heavy wood, Sustainably sourced, Fsc, Exotic, Tough, Durable, Commercial timber
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  • BOTANICAL NAMES: Erythrophleum ivorense and E. guineese Missanda
  • DISTRIBUTION: Widely distributed in tropical Africa from west to east coast. The genus is found in evergreen deciduous and savanna forests.
  • SPECIES: Up to 30-42 M in height, with a bole length of 9-15M, usually irregular often buttressed; trunk diameters 1- 1.5M.
  • COLOUR: Heartwood is red, yellow or orange-brown, darkening on exposure, sometimes streaked. Sapwood is creamy yellow, distinct.
  • GRAIN: Texture coarse, grain interlocked or irregular, moderately high lustre.
  • DENSITY/STRENGTH: Basic specific gravity (ovendry weight/green volume) 0.72; *Air-dry density 900 kg/m3.
  • DURABILITY: Class 1 durable. Heartwood is rated as very durable and highly resistant to termite attack. Also described as resistant to marine borers.
  • SEASONING: Dries slowly, generally with little degrade. Kiln schedule. Shrinkage green to oven-dry; radial 5.8%; tangential 8.6%; volumetric 11.5%. Movement in service is rated as small.
  • WORKING QUALITIES: Dry wood is more difficult to saw and machine. Rapid blunting of tools; carbide-tipped cutters are suggested. Works to a smooth finish and takes a high polish. Turns well. Sawdust may cause nose and throat irritation.
  • USES: Flooring, decking, heavy construction, railway sleepers, harbour and dockwork.

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