Buy Wholesale Black Limba (Frake) Lumber
Ofram has been an historically important wood in Africa, sue, in part, to its universal popularity. Although its population was considered threaten, from overexpolitation in the first half of the 20th century, a concerted effort was made — a most successful one — to preserve the species and expand its natural range, through numerous regional and national efforts made from the ’50’s through the ’70’s, all over West and Central Africa. Buy Wholesale Black Limba (Frake) Lumber from African Forest Timber Ltd.
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Black Limba has a characteristic light base color, ranging from a pale yellow to a light golden brown, to a pale tan — and sometimes muted to the point of having a greyish appearance. It often has dark brown or black overlapping highlights (as well as lighter colored patches, occasionally, ranging from yellow to orange), which is what distinguishes White Ofram (also called “Korina”) from Black Ofram (same wood / same species; just differing aesthetics). Its sap is only slightly lighter in color than its heart and can sometimes be difficult to discern.
Despite its medium to coarse texture and a small silica content, its typically straight grains (those sometimes irregular or interlocked) and modest hardness and density make it generally quite easy to work. Its glues and finishes well (with a moderate natural luster); its base color takes on a more golden tone under a clear lacquer finish. It is considered neither a tough or durable wood, so such finishing is recommended. Buy Wholesale Black Limba (Frake) Lumber from African Forest Timber Ltd.
Normally, for Limba there’s little difference in colour between the heartwood and the sapwood. The trunks can display a more or less fancifully formed dark heart, but this is an undesirable form of discolouration and no real heart formation. Limba can vary in colour from light yellow or yellow-grey to dark brown and sometimes has a greenish tint.
Properties of this timber species
- Botanical name: Terminalia superba
- ATIBT name: Limba
- Other names: Fraké, Black Limba, Limba, African Black Limba
- Limba is used for furniture, indoor panelling and interior doors in the form of veneered backing material
- In its solid form, it is used for frames, castings for iron foundries, banisters and such like
- Dark-coloured Limba can provide an attractive veneer, which is sold under the misnomer of Noyer de Mayombe
- Resistance to fungi: class 4 (poorly durable)
- Resistance to insects: Termites class G (sapwood susceptible to damage), Lyctus (wood-boring beetle) class G.
- (450)-550-560-600-(650) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content
- Fresh 700-825 kg/m3
- Prolonged inhalation of sawdust can cause allergies in the respiratory system.
Good ventilation is recommended.