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Since 1956
  Toolsie Persaud Ltd. (TPL) has been a pioneer in developing Guyana's hinterland and producing quality construction materials.  
Sustainably Managed Forests
  A family operated business that follows sustainable forest management principles advised by the Guyana Forestry Commission.  
  350,000 hectares of rain forest
35M tonnes of quarry reserves
2,000 employees
Corporate Address
  10-12 Lombard St.
South America
Tel: + 592 226 4071-5
Fax: +592 226 0793
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Timber Species

Scientific Name:
Carapa guianensis

Family: Meliaceae

ATIBT Standard Name: Andiroba

Other Name: Krapa, Guino, Figueroa, Tangare, Carapa, Crappo

Wood Appearance: Heartwood varies from pale pink to rich red-brown when freshly sawn, darkening to a fairly uniform dull reddish-brown. Wood resembles a plain mahogany in appearance, but lacks its natural lustre.

  • Sapwood - pale brown or oatmeal coloured, not always sharply defined
  • Texture - medium to coarse
  • Grain - generally straight but sometimes interlocked
  • Bole - 50-80 feet long, cylinderical; diameter 16-20 inches

Physical and Mechanical Properties: Comparable in strength to European Beech. Small movement. Moderately hard with good mechanical properties and is fairly stable in use.

  • Weight - 610kg/m3 (39 lb/ft3 ) seasoned
  • Bending Strength -
  • Modulus of elasticity -
  • Compression parallel to grain -
  • Shock resistance -

Natural Durability: Heartwood is moderately durable and fire resistant. Logs liable to attack by ambrosia (pinhole-borer) beatles.

Timber Processing

  • Drying - Dries fairly well but rather slowly with a tendency to split in the initial stages. Kiln Schedule C.
  • Working - Saws without difficulty. Interlocked grain makes planing difficult. Works easily and turns well, finishing smoothly.
  • Assembly - Glues and holds nails well. Tendency to split on nailing.
  • Finishing - Takes staining and polishing satisfactorily.

Uses: Suitable for general carpentry, furniture, cabinet work, turnery and interior joinery.

Supplies: Occurs in reasonable quantities in Guyana's forests. Regular supplies possible.

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