Afzelia quanzensis, Afzelia pachyloba

Trade Names

Doussié, Afzelia

Similar Woods

Merbau, Tali


East and West Africa


The growing area of this wood species extends from Guinea along the Ivory Coast up to Mozambique. Doussié grows predominantly in the tropical lower rain forests as well as in tropical humid rain- green forests.


Due to its excellent stability, Doussié works particularly well as construction wood for interiors and exteriors. As construction wood with a load-carrying function, it is used in the manufacturing of staircases and windows. Quite often it is used in the parquet flooring industry and as flooring in sports halls. However, Doussié/Afzelia is indispen-sable in shipbuilding and hydraulic engineering and as veneer it is also used for serial furniture (due to its low prices).


Typical defects characterizing Doussié are for example its crooked and not round growth of the logs. Mineral inclusions, discoloration and heart rot are criteria which have to be considered, too, when sorting the veneers. The wood is of a uniform light brown color and sliced veneers are mostly worked up as quarters. Furthermore, the wood has biological effects and can cause mucosal irritation in case of dust exposure.


In general, Doussié can be worked well and properly with all tools.


Kiln-drying must be done slowly in order to avoid strong checking.


Good surface treatments can only be carried out well to a certain extent because of the lacquer-repellent components of this wood species. Sanding and polishing can be done very well. However, due to its oily contents, staining can be problematic and bleaching effects occur when waxes are used.


Gluing is rather problem-free. The wood takes glue very well and combines excellently with the support material.