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Moabi or African pearwood is one of the most sensual and satisfying of hardwoods that a furniture maker can encounter. The structure of the wood is hard, so hard that the sharpest of tools are required to work it. This allows you to cut the finest of details and form the most delicate of shapes. Pearwood’s heartwood is pinkish brown, red brown, or a rich red; sapwood is pinkish white or gray brown, rather well demarcated. Texture is fine and even; grain is straight, sometimes wavy; has an attractive figure. Wood has satiny lustre on quarter-sawn surfaces. Growth rings more or less distinct. Moabi wood is durable. It is resistant to fungi, Lyctus beetles and termites. It is fairly resistant to marine borers.

  • Local Name

    Ayap, Adjap
  • Scientific Name

    Baillonella toxisperma
  • Other Names

    African Pearwood, Ayap, M'foi, Muamba Jaune, Adjap, Dimpampi, Adza, Oko Uku




Kg / M3



Janka Ranking (N)



Specific Gravity

Working With Moabi

  • General Workability
  • Wood Texture
  • Ease of Finish


  • Exterior joinery
  • Volets roulants
  • Interior joinery
  • Interior panelling
  • Flooring
  • Stairs (inside)
  • Current furniture or furniture components
  • Sliced veneer
  • Cabinetwork (high class furniture)
  • Veneer for interior of plywood
  • Veneer for back or face of plywood
  • Sleepers
  • Turned goods
  • Articles cintrés
  • Sculpture
  • Industrial or heavy flooring
  • Heavy carpentry
  • Bridges (parts not in contact with water or ground)