Name Ayan (Distemonanthus benthamianus)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as movingue, Nigerian satinwood, barre, ayanran, bonsamdua, ejen, and okpe.
Sources Grows in West Africa.
Appearance Straight to interlocked grain, sometimes wavy with fine, even texture and high luster. Lemon-yellow to yellow-brown sapwood and yellowish cream to light golden yellow heartwood.
Physical Props Moderately heavy with medium bending and crushing strength, low stiffness and shock resistance, moderate decay resistance, and very good dimensional stability.
Working Props Can be difficult to machine due to blunting of cutting edges caused by silica in the wood. Gum build-up can also cause over heating. Pre-drilling recommended for screwing and nailing. Glues, stains, and polishes well (with grain filling).
Uses Used for cabinetry, window and door frames, ship fittings, flooring, and decorative veneers.