Trade names: Figured Macore, Douka
Country of origin: Africa
Occurrence: West Africa, from Cameroon through Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo. Tropical lower rainforests.
Uses: Veneer wood, sliced wood for face veneer, furniture, paneling, parquet. Only Douka latch is used as sliced wood, plain Douka is used less frequently and is mainly used as peeling wood for veneer panels. Douka is considered as a substitute and replacement species for Macore.
Character: Macore very often forms bars. It is often striped, wavy, moire or mottled by alternate twist growth and by veining and is light red to reddish brown in color.
Reconditioning must be done while hot, so intensive and careful steaming is required.
Special Features: Makore varies in color from light reddish to dark red. It is finely textured and often shows a straight grain, giving the wood a plain, though fairly lustrous, appearance. Occasionally the wood is alternately twisted and wavy grained; the resulting moire texture makes Makore one of the most beautiful woods in Africa