Makore Hardwood


Makore is a stunning hardwood, with a beautiful, natural gloss. It is also known by its botanical name Tieghemella heckelii, and T. africana (Sapotaceae). The heartwood of Makore can vary from pink to rich red-brown, or from pinkie-red to blood-red. It tends to be straight-grained, but can also be interlocked, which produces a decorative mottled figure and darker streaks. The texture is usually uniform, ranging from medium to very fine. Rarely, the wood can show a watered-silk pattern.

Makore is an incredibly versatile timber and is suitable for a range of uses. It is commonly used for cabinetmaking, furniture, joinery and more. If currently available from sustainable and legal sources, Makore can be sourced from suppliers.

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Also Called:
African Cherry, Agomakwe, Abacu, Baku, Okolla. Not To Be Confused With Prunus Africana Or With Niove (Staudtia Stipitata), Douka, Both Also Known As African Cherry,

Durability Notes:
Makore wood is a very durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Makore is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Makore - dries at a slow to moderate rate, with a little impact on the grade and quality of the wood. There might be slight twisting and minimal splitting around knots while drying. Makore is stable in service. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Makore has low stiffness and resistance to shock loads, with medium bending and crushing strengths. The heartwood has good steam-bending qualities. The wood can exert a severe blunting effect on tooling, consequently making the wood challenging to work. It planes, glues, sands, turns, moulds and mortices reasonably well and requires pre-drilling for nails and screws. Makore stains well and can be brought to an excellent finish. Ferrous fastenings should be avoided, as they are liable to stain the wood blue.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Turnery, Musical Instruments, Decorative Veneers, Boat Building.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Makore Wood

Is Makore a hardwood or a softwood? Makore is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Makore hardwood or softwood? - Makore is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Makore family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Makore? Makore can be described as brown, dark brown, dark red, red

Is Makore good for outdoor use? or is Makore good for exterior use? Makore is most suited for exterior/external use. Makore can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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