Movingui // Distemonanthus benthamianus

Movingui lumber wood, Distemonanthus benthamianus lumber for woodworking
"A medium to fine grained wood that often features mottle or bees wing figure. The best figured logs are processed into veneers, and on rare occasion the logs will be sawn into lumber. It's Janka hardness rating is 1230, nearly identical to red oak."
color of Movingui
Color Range
Bright yellow to pale golden yellow
other names for Movingui
Other Names
Ayan, Ayan movingui, Ayanran, Barre, Bonsamdua, Eyen, Movingui, Satinwood, Nigerian Satinwood
uses for Movingui
Some Typical Uses
Veneer, fine furniture, musical instruments
the Movingui tree
What's the Tree Like?
The tree is reported to reach an average height of about 90 feet (27 m), with an average trunk diameter of about 30 inches (76 cm). The clean, fairly straight and cylindrical bole is reported to develop over a relatively small buttress.
Movingui grows in Africa
map of where Movingui grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
2.51% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
-4.65% softer than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
6.25% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 4/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak