Shedua » Guibourtia arnoldiana

Why Shedua?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood

Moderately coarse, and interlocked grain that produces striped and, sometimes, curly figure. Also called Ovangkol, often sold for highly figured veneers. Hard, heavy and takes a glass-like finish.
Shedua grows in Africa

map of where Shedua grows
color of Shedua
Color Range
The heartwood is described to vary from yellow brown to dark brown or chocolate brown, with gray to almost black stripes.
other names for Shedua
Other Names
Amazique, Benge, Benzi, Bubinga, Essingang, Kevazingo, M'Penze, Mbenge, Mutenye, Olive walnut, Ovang, Waka, Mozambique
uses for Shedua
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, veneer, guitars and musical instruments, jewelry boxes, decorative projects.
the Shedua tree
What's the Tree Like?
Impressive mature trees are reported to reach heights of 100 to 150 feet, with trunk diameters of 4 to 7 feet. The trees are usually unbuttressed and produce boles that are reported to be well-formed, straight, and clear of branches to 50 to 100 feet.


lbs /Bd. Ft.
11.73% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
46.51% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
20.31% more dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Shedua:

General Workability
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 4/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

Shedua Hardwood Sample

Shedua Hardwood Sample

Ratings Snapshot
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