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avodire, white mahogany

A west African wood, pale yellow to white in color; soft to hard; light in weight to moderately heavy; frequently ribbon-striped. Used for interior finish, plywood, and paneling.
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"Avodire is a light yellowish tan colored wood with some logs yielding grain patterns that appear almost three-dimensional.
Clift said avodire is a good choice for larger projects because of the large log size and consistency within the species.
Available in lumber and veneer form, avodire has been popular for use in store fixtures and furniture as well as architectural millwork applications.
According to Doug Newhouse, owner of Newhouse Wood & Veneer in Hartford, CT, avodire is used primarily in veneer form in the U.S.
It's one of the blonde woods, but avodire has a warmth to it.
in Great Barrington, MA, also sells avodire veneer, which is used mostly by high-end furniture makers for tables and cabinetry and for architectural millwork in paneling and door.
While it comes in plain and a variety of figures, our clients prefer the figured avodire. A popular look is a mottled figure that runs on a bias," Barrett said.
However, he notes, "We filled a large millwork order with avodire for a customer who originally requested movingui." The two woods are similar Mills says, but avodire is lighter colored than movingui.
Gantz said avodire can have several different figures, depending on the log and how it is cut.
Gantz described avodire as a porous wood, similar to mahogany but light creamy yellow to greenish, grayish gold.
Jim Mills, marketing executive for Craig Lumber, Collierville, TN, recently sold avodire to a client who was using it with movingui veneers.
"Veneers, A Fritz Kohl Handbook," describes avodire as "brownish-yellow to golden brown in color but darkens in time." According to the handbook, avodire veneer must always be covered since it is very sensitive to light.