Mansonia Hardwood


Mansonia is a stunning hardwood species, botanically known as Mansonia altissima, originating from the Triplochitonaceae family. It is a versatile timber, boasting a range of uses including furniture, turnery, boatbuilding and much more. Mansonia wood is characterised by its yellowish-brown to dark greyish-brown or light mauve heartwood, which can be purplish with lighter or darker bands. The sapwood is sharply differentiated from the heartwood and is commonly white. The wood is commonly straight-grained with a medium to fine, even texture and a low to medium gloss. Mansonia is a beautiful and durable timber, perfect for a variety of projects.

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Also Called:
Aprono, Koul, Bete, Ofun

Durability Notes:
Mansonia wood is moderately durable

The drying and seasoning of Mansonia 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; Mansonia - dries fairly quickly and well, but knots can split and existing splits and shakes may extend. There is medium movement 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.

Mansonia is a hard, dense and heavy wood. Mansonia has high bending and crushing strength, low stiffness and medium resistance to shock loads. It works nicely with both hand and machine tools. Mansonia has a slight to medium blunting effect on tools. The wood saws, planes, turns, moulds, carves, glues, screws, nails and sands really well. Mansonia, therefore finishes well.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Flooring, Cabinetry, Wall Paneling, Joinery, Boat Building.

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

Commonly asked questions about Mansonia Wood

Is Mansonia a hardwood or a softwood? Mansonia is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Mansonia hardwood or softwood? - Mansonia 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 Mansonia 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 Mansonia? Mansonia can be described as brown, dark brown

Is Mansonia good for outdoor use? or is Mansonia good for exterior use? Mansonia is most suited for internal/interior use. Mansonia should not 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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