MAKORE FIGURED (FIDDLEBACK)
Figured Makore (fiddleback) quarter cut wood veneer varies from a lighter pink to bright red, as well as reddish-brown. The grain has a pronounced appearance with fiddleback figure. Fiddleback is clearly visible with regular streaks running across the grain. Makore resembles African Mahogany (Khaya) but the texture is more fine. Sometimes called Cherry Mahogany or African Cherry, although Makore is not closely related to any of the species within the mahogany family.
Common Uses: Boat building and architectural panels, in addition to cabinetry, doors, flooring, furniture and musical instruments.
Other Names: Cherry Mahogany, African Cherry, Baku and Babu.
The Tree: Native to Africa, often reaching heights between 180-200 feet.
A Little History: “Makore butter” is popular in Africa as a cooking or seasoning oil and is often preferred to palm oil. (Source: Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (prota.org))