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Bilinga - wood, parquet, profileBilinga wood is a member of the Ribiaceae family and is native to the Ivory Coast, tropical West Africa, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda.
Bilinga is known in many regions of the world as Opepe, Badi or Kusia and will - under whatever name - certainly gradually conquer the local market.
The size of the trees is indeed impressive: with a trunk diameter of 60 to about 80 centimeters they can reach a height of up to 40 meters. In fact a real "highlight" in African forests.
The color of the wood is also impressive because of its uniqueness and its simultaneous intensity: initially, the heartwood is usually yellow-orange, but it darkens relatively quickly in the course of the first days (ie after the removal of the bark).
Even the course of the fiber growth is comparatively conspicuous in itself: the strongly wavy form as well as the high density of the natural material let already in the "raw state" divine, which "wooden works of art" can be manufactured from Bilinga wood, in contrast to many other ( tropical) wood species.
Similar to beech, oak & co: robust, resistant and relatively easy to work with
In the course of the different drying processes, it is shown again and again that Bilinga wood has only a limited tendency to warp, but this is often accompanied by cracking in the area of
Surface to calculate.
Accordingly, it always makes sense to give preference to particularly gentle, modern drying processes in order to explicitly prevent any possible shrinkage. Otherwise, high-quality Bilinga can be processed very easily and with almost all (hand) tools.
Tip: when it comes to it
is going to put screw or nail connections, so a prior drilling is absolutely advisable. Thus, cracking can be excluded.
Nevertheless, Bilinga with its relatively heavy weight is considered extremely robust and handy. In this context, however, it is worth knowing that it is extremely resistant to fungal and insect infestations of all kinds, which usually makes additional treatment with chemical products unnecessary. Above all, the enormous resistance against water pests of all kinds makes bilinga wood so valuable.
Over the past few years, Bilinga wood has proven to be a very good substitute for Makoré wood or Kambala, which is often much more expensive. Even as a durable alternative to white oak or iroko wood Bilinga is optimal. More and more consumers appreciate the high quality of this raw material.
In general, the high resilience or extraordinary durability of this tropical wood is of crucial importance, for example when it comes to the production of floor coverings, or the production of fences or sleepers.
It therefore does not matter whether Bilinga is used for indoor or outdoor use: high-quality results can be achieved in any case. In addition, the excellent water resistance proves to be particularly important for the multifaceted sector of shipbuilding and for the construction of bridges, bridges and the like.
This category also includes decks of jetties or extensive or structural (construction) parts in harbor construction. Finally, in particular in this area is often expected with an intensive (material) stress. The fact is that other types of wood would only partially withstand external stresses.
Costly and time-consuming repair work would also have to be taken into account in this context. Not so with the bilinga wood.