Trade names: Movingui, Nigerian Satinwood, Bosamdua
Occurence: Westafrica, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon.
Use: Veneer wood, wood for veneer and peeling wood for veneer boards, furniture, interior decoration, wood paneling and parquet, construction timber.
Character: Occasionally it comes with the golden yellow Movingui to coarse to fine-wave fiber progressions, which lead to the typical bar texture. Due to the fiber deviations, the veneer patterns create a wave-like horizontal stripe that mysteriously emphasizes the satin-like sheen of this wood, reviving the overall appearance of this exotic veneer. From the Equatorial forests of Africa’s Western Congo, Movingui (Distemonanthus benthamianus ) has beautiful deep & golden yellow colors. It is also known as Nigerian Satinwood or Ayan wood. Once in a while a figured log that is not cut into veneer makes it through to the lumber market. The wood is dense and easy to work. It is used in a variety of items including cabinets to floors, jewelry boxes, cigar cabinets, humidors, veneer, furniture and turned articles.
Particularities: The heartwood is lemon to greenish yellow, darkening to yellow brown. The wood has an intense shine, hence the misleading name „African Satinwood“. Since Movingui has a similar luster, it is often used as a substitute for the lemonwood or satinwood. Particularly decorative are the stems with pronounced bar formation, which can occur in different forms.