makore africa


Also grouped with Makore is Tieghemella africana, sometimes called Douka. Both woods are used interchangeably. Makore is sometimes used in place of African Mhaogany (Khaya spp.), and has been sold under the trade name Cherry Mahogany, though the wood is not closely related to any of the species or genera in the mahogany (Meliaceae) family.

Common Uses

Veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items.


Heartwood pink or reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of mild color variation. Yellowish sapwood can be two to three inches wide, and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Figured grain patterns (such as mottled or curly) are a common occurrence.


Generally easy to work, though sections with interlocked grain can cause tearout during planing or other machining operations. Makore will react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained. Makore also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters due to its high silica content.