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01 Lamas de Ayous Obeche wood slats Lames en ayousMany of the wood slats that you can see in hotel receptions, restaurants, offices and other spaces are obeche wood slats. Many of the Spigoline wood slats are also obeche wood slats. We briefly explain why we choose this little known wood that is nonetheless ubiquitous in architecture, construction and decoration.

Obeche wood is native to the western jungles of Central Africa and is known by different names depending on the country: wawa in Ghana, obeche in Nigeria, ayous in Cameroon and samba in the Ivory Coast. It grows naturally, but the wood used in Spigoline comes from regulated, sustainable plantations that guarantee an environmentally-friendly source.

The main advantages of obeche wood are:

  • It has a very low density (about 380 kg per m³). It is very light, ideal for false ceilings and wood ceilings.
  • It is also very easy to handle during installation.
  • Its natural colour is a yellowish white, which makes it easy to stain in any colour. Spigoline wood slats come in finishes in natural obeche wood, stained obeche wood (beech, oak, cherry, maple and wenge) and lacquered obeche wood (RAL/NCR colours).
  • It is easy to machine, does not chip and is very easy to work with.
  • It is more economical than other solid woods and offers a similar aspect. However, at Spigoline we can manufacture solid wood slats made of oak, pine, beech or other options for projects using wood slats in walls and ceilings.


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