The Content Of The Article: The wood Okan comes from Africa and is a relatively new wood in the market. It is extremely durable and lasts for more than 30 years.
So far, Okan has demonstrated a very good staying power and is one of the heaviest timbers. The natural color is light yellow-brown to dark red, with Okan darkening very much under the influence of light. The heartwood is noticeably brown and sometimes also coppery or light olive. The sap is distinctly reddish-brown.
The fiber course is very pronounced and changeable. Overall, this is a very variable color wood with a coarse texture and a very high density. It is clearly marked on the longitudinal surfaces by bright
and wavy pore grooves and striking glossy stripes.
The typical application areas are terraced, bridge and hydraulic engineering as well as in shipbuilding, horticulture and railway sleepers. In addition, it is suitable as a construction wood for heavy duty indoor and outdoor use. In hydraulic engineering, it is used exclusively in fresh water for decks of jetties, for bridges, floating pontoons, bedding and ramps, and also for noise and sight protection walls as well as for fencing and heavily used industrial and storage floors.
Okan has an extremely high density, but can still be edited very well with a sharp tool. However, this material is very difficult to nail, screw, drill and glue.
Only Okan should be purchased with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) seal. This ensures that the criteria for forest management have been adhered to, that deforestation has been carried out in a controlled manner and that human rights have not been violated.