Utile

Utile

Utile

Durability

Density in kg/m3

The Tree
The tree may be up to 45m tall and 2m in diameter above the base. The bole is straight, cylindrical, and free of buttresses, and may be 21m to 24m long.

The Timber
The heartwood and sapwood are distinct; the heartwood is pale pink when freshly cut, darkening on exposure to reddish-brown. It closely resembles the related sapele, both in appearance and properties, but is more open in texture due to the larger pores, and generally lacks the cedar-like odour of sapele. The interlocked grain produces a broad ribbon-stripe, often wider and more irregular than that of sapele. It weighs about 660 kg/m3 when dried.

Drying
Utile dries moderately slowly with a distinct tendency for distortion in the form of twist to occur, and original shakes to extend. In general however, distortion is not severe.

Strength
Its strength properties are similar to those of American mahogany.

Working Qualities
Medium - Works rather well, but with a slight blunting effect on cutting edges. A cutting angle of 150 will reduce the tendency for the interlocked grain to tear during planing and moulding. Takes stain and glue well, and polishes well after filling.

Latin Name
Entandrophragma utile

Also known as
Sipo (Ivory Coast), assii (Cameroons)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Extremely difficult

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Medium

Origin
Ivory Coast, Cameroons, Liberia, Gabon, Uganda