Pau Marfim Hardwood

Pau Marfim

Pau Marfim (Balfourodendron riedalianum) is a beautiful and versatile timber, that can be used in a variety of applications. The colour of the wood ranges from near-white to pale yellowish brown, cream, or lemon, and can sometimes have a greyish tinge and darker streaks. The grain is usually straight or irregular, and occasionally interlocked, and has a fine to very fine uniform texture and a medium gloss. With no real contrast between the sapwood and the heartwood, Pau Marfim is ideal for cabinetmaking, joinery, flooring, and other projects. The wood species is sustainably and legally sourced, and is a great choice for any woodworking project.

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Also Called:
Guatambu, Marfim, Pau Liso, Moroti, Ivory Wood, Kyrandy

Durability Notes:
Pau Marfim wood has some durability but is considered non durable and not suited for exterior applications

The drying and seasoning of Pau Marfim 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; Pau Marfim - dries easily and readily with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood. There is only small 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.

Pau Marfim is a very hard, dense wood, very hard-wearing and is rated high in all the strength categories. Pau Marfim works well with both machine and hand tools but does have a fairly severe blunting effect on cutting edges. When planing or moulding wood with irregular grain, lifting and breakout can occur but it gives a smooth finish on straight-grained pieces. Pau Marfim carves, nails, screws, stains and paints well. It glues adequately and can be brought to a great finish.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Decorative Paneling, Musical Instruments, Carving, Mouldings.

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

Commonly asked questions about Pau Marfim Wood

Is Pau Marfim a hardwood or a softwood? Pau Marfim is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Pau Marfim hardwood or softwood? - Pau Marfim 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 Pau Marfim 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 Pau Marfim? Pau Marfim can be described as brown, light brown, yellow/brown

Is Pau Marfim good for outdoor use? or is Pau Marfim good for exterior use? Pau Marfim is most suited for internal/interior use. Pau Marfim 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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