Ako quarter cut veneer ranges from creamy white to yellow gray in color. The grain is generally straight stripey to interlocked.
Common Uses: Aircraft, architectural panels, cabinetry, doors, flooring, furniture, interior woodwork, musical instruments, as well as shipbuilding.
Common Name(s): Antiaris, Bark Cloth.
The Tree: A fast growing and large shade tree that is native to Africa. Typically reaches heights between 75-150 feet, with diameters between 2-5 feet.
A Little History: Traditionally one of several species used to make clothing out of its fibers. In fact, Ako is sometimes called the bark cloth tree. To make bark cloth, soaked strips of the white inner tree fiber are beaten until smooth. This process causes the fibers to expand into sheets and these sheets are then left to dry in the sun. From this point, the white bark cloth is pliable enough to make clothing. In addition to this, the tannin released from the bark is sometimes used to create dye for clothing. Today, bark cloth clothing is still made and is culturally important in many areas. (Source: National Geographic)