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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:
Mora excelsa

Family: Caesalpiniaoeae

ATIBT Standard Name: Mora

Other Name: Nato, Dakama, Pracuuba

Wood Appearance: Mora (and Morabukea which is similar in structure) heartwood varies from chocolate-brown to reddish-brown.

  • Sapwood - wide with yellowish to pale brown colour
  • Texture - coarse
  • Grain - straight often interlocked and somewhat wavy or irregular
  • Bole - 50-80 feet long, rounded or flattened, diameter 24-36 inches

Physical and Mechanical Properties: A very heavy, very hard wood, large movement, dries very slowly with appreciable degrade. Outstanding strength properties, particularly resistant to wear.

  • Weight - 900-1000kg/m3 (56-68 lb/ft3 ) seasoned.
  • Bending Strength -
  • Modulus of elasticity -
  • Compression parallel to grain -
  • Shock resistance -

Natural Durability: Heartwood very durable and extremely resistant to preservative treatment. Mora is markedly fire resistant.

Timber Processing

  • Drying - Kiln Schedule B. Slow, must must be carried out carefully because of risk of distortion and checking.
  • Working - Difficult to saw, because of its density and interlocked grain. With the same qualification it can be planed, finishes smoothly, turns easily, splits with great difficulty.
  • Assembly - Difficult to nail but holds nails and rail spikes well. Pre-boring is necessary.
  • Finishing - Staining and polishing satisfactory.

Uses: Best suited for heavy construction work, jetties and foreshore work. Particularly suitable for sleepers, wagon bottoms, and for both traditional and mosaic flooring and shipbuilding.

Supplies: Very common in Guyana. Abundant and regular supplies assured.

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