Abura wood - tropical wood with characteristics of local woods

Who believes tropical woods are always incredibly hard and completely weather- and pest-resistant the wrong. Abura is the best proof of this, it has very similar characteristics to our native hardwoods, although it comes from Africa. What else sets it apart, read in this post.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
Weight fresh - dry920 kg / m³ - 520 kg / m³
Compressive strengthapprox. 43 N / mm²
flexural strengthapprox. 78 N / mm²

Other names

Abura is - like many African wood types - under numerous other names in the trade. The best known alternative name, which is also frequently used here, is Bahia. In addition one knows Abura also under the names:

  • Elelome
  • Subaha
  • Vuku



Abura has a very even texture, which is not quite as fine as many other woods. The grain is usually straight, the fine to medium sized pores are only very faintly recognizable, wood rays are also hardly distinguishable.


Sapwood and heartwood are the same color, both in color between pale yellow and light brown. After drying, the heartwood darkens to different shades between pink-gray and red-brown.


The properties of Abura are very similar to those of a native, medium hardwood, such as alder. It is easy to work with, but can occasionally become blunted by silicic acid deposits.

Shrinkage and drying

The drying takes place - if it is sufficiently slow - easily, even the shrinkage is only moderately pronounced. Cracking occurs only rarely, and only on large-sized woods.


Abura is - like the native alder - neither weather resistant nor resistant to fungal and insect infestation. It can therefore only be used indoors.


Today, Abura is mainly used as a dummy, but also in furniture and toy construction. Also used as imitation wood is Abura stained relatively often used. The use in model making is a little less common. Abura can only be used indoors.


As sawn wood, Abura wood is usually obtained at prices between 900 and 1,300 EUR per m³. Its price is about the same as that of oak.

Here you will find an overview of the most important types of wood worldwide. An overview of the most important types of tropical wood, such as Abura, can be found here

Tips & Tricks

As the natural growth area of ​​Abura wood is getting smaller and smaller, it is now one of the endangered species in nature. In the trade, it is still easy to obtain as timber.

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