Taun or Akwa is a hardwood native to south-west Pacific region and is major commercial timber species of solomon islands. The colour of Akwa ranges from pale pinkish-brown to reddish-brown. Akwa can be kiln dried satisfactorily but, air drying is recommended to alleviate degrade.Grain is usually straight but sometimes wavy and texture is medium, slightly uneven and semi-lustrous. It stains uniformly to a colour of choice and has got good moulding and finishing properties. Akwa nails well but, pre-drilling advisable to prevent splitting of the board ends.
Taun is a very good multi-purpose timber, ideal for general building and construction process including bearers, joists, framing, fascia boards, internal flooring and plywood. Taun's properties also lend themselves to decorative applications such as lining, panelling, joinery, cabimetwork, outdoor furniture, carving, turnery and veneers. It is also used for bpoat building and cooperage.
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