Kiaat

Pterocarpus Angolensis by its Latin name, is from the Leguminosae family and also known as Ambila, Bloodwood, Brown African Padauk, Girassonde, Imbilo, Kajaat, Kajat, Kajatenhout, Kejaat, Kiatt, Maninga, Mavamaropa, Mbila, Mlombwa, Mninga, Moroto, Mtumbati, Mukurambira, Mukwa, Mulambi, Mulombe, Mulombwa, Munhaneca, Muninga, Mutete, Mututi, Muzwamaloa, N’dombe, Rhodesian walnut, Sealing wax tree, Thondo, Thondu, Thordo, Transvaal Kajatenhout, Umbila, Umvagaz and Umvangazi.

Region

Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Qualities

Easy to saw and work with moderate blunting properties but gives a good finish. It has a light or mild aroma while being worked with. Glues well but needs to be prebored if screwed or nailed.

Density

640kg per cubic meter.

Characteristics

The decorative heartwood tends to vary from a light golden brown to a dark reddish or purplish brown in colour with some irregular reddish streaks. The grain is straight to interlocked and the texture is medium.

Uses

Decking, Panelling, Joinery, Turnery, Furniture, Tool Handles, Boat Building, Beehives, Boxes, Crates, Cabinet Making, Construction, Musical Instruments, Flooring, Veneers.