Taun or Akwa is a hardwood native to south-west Pacific region and is major commercial timber species of solomon islands. Taun comprises of several pometia species occuring in low-lying coastal areas. The colour of Akwa ranges from pale pinkish-brown to reddish-brown. Taun 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. Taun nails well but, pre-drilling advisable to prevent splitting of the board ends.
Taun is moderately durable hardwood, with an above ground life expectancy of between 15 and 40 years. Its in-ground life expectancy is considerably shorter, at between 5 to 15 years.
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, cabinetwork, outdoor furniture, carving, turnery and veneers. It is also used for boat building and cooperage.
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