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Ekki tropical hardwood
Ekki tropical hardwood

Specification for Ekki Tropical Hardwood Timber 

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FSC certified Ekki available on request


Ekki is a tropical hardwood sourced from West Africa


While Ekki Tropical Hardwood is too hard for some purposes, it is suitable for heavy construction. Ekki Tropical is commonly used for Bridges, boatbuilding, marine applications, decking, and flooring. It is ideal for all forms of marine work including sea defences, piling, groynes and jetties and any use where high strength and durability is a prime requirement. It is one of the most durable timbers you can find.


Colour – Ekki has a dark reddish heartwood. The pores contain light coloured mineral deposits which appear as streaks throughout the wood. The sapwood is a pale pinkish white and is sharply defined from the heartwood.

Grain – Ekki has an interlocked grain with a close texture.

Texture – Coarse


Weight – Extremely hard and heavy, weighing 1070 kg/m³

Ease Of Drying – Very difficult to dry and generally shakes badly. Needs to be piled with special care.

Corrosive Properties – Acid resistant.

Working Properties

Ekki can be difficult to work with, particularly due to its density and interlocked grain which can cause tearout. It can cause blunting of sharp edges and is difficult to glue due to its high oil content. It can be machined and must be pre-bored for nailing. However, it’s longevity makes up for any difficulties.

Ekki hardwood timber texture sample
Ekki hardwood timber texture sample


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