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“I'm doing some wood binding today, and I pulled out a few pieces of curly maple I've had for a while that I bought from you. It never ceases to amaze me how LMI, above all my other suppliers, just consistently gives me materials that never fail to surpass my expectations. No matter what any picture on your site looks like, whatever I get is always better. Really appreciate it. I know that you supply many other people far beyond my volume and talent, but I am definitely a customer for life!"

Ovangkol

 

 

       
 
"Ovangkol...who knew?!
 
What a great alternative tonewood. As there is a lot of it around, the logs are large and the sets are very on quarter and STRAIGHT. What a pleasure to build with. Bends and glues well....not too hard on edge tools. It is not quite as dense as most Rosewoods, which can be a good thing, especially on larger bodied guitars as you don't have to combat the problem of clashing overtones - there is better separation between notes."

Montreal luthier 
Michael Greenfield
 
     
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Ovangkol, from West Africa, comes from the same family as Bubinga and has a similar interlocking grain pattern. It is reasonably easy to bend and planes and finishes well.
 
Ovangkol often has subtle mineral deposits that can show up under the finish. We find the best way to deal with these is to apply a few coats of shellac prior to finishing. Shellac is non-reactive with other finishing products and masks the mineral deposits well (always test compatibility whenever mixing finishes). In addition, Ovangkol is a species that due to open pores, needs a pore filler. We recommend a dark pore filler as it's in keeping with the dark streaks running through Ovangkol and there's the added effect of hiding the mineral deposits.