Taun or Akwa


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.

Botanical Name: Pometia Pinnata
Other Names: Island lychee, Tava
Origin: South-West Pacific region
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Treatability: Taun stains uniformly to a colour of choice
Seasoning: Taun can be kiln dried satisfactorily. However, preliminary air drying is recommended to alleviate degrade. All material should be quater-sawn.
Working Qualities: When working with seasoned timber, sander dust may irritate the mucous membrane. Workshops should be well ventilated and staff should wear face masks or respirators.
Uses: Taun can be used for flooring, decking, staircase materials, furniture, bearers and joists, boat building, ribs and planking.


Stocked: TBA


Durability In Ground: Perishable/Non Durable
Durability Above Ground: Durable
Turning (1-10): 9
Gluing (1-10): 9


Density Air Dry: 680 kg/m3

Mechanical Properties

Janka Hardness: 6.5 kN
Modulus of Rupture: 106 MPa
Modulus of Elasticity: 14 GPa
Max Crush Strength: 60 MPa
Strength Group Seasoned: SD5

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