Aningré. Tonewood profile.

Aningeria altissima [Pouteria altissima] | Tonewood Profile | “Aningré”

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Quick Facts
Scientific name: Aningeria altissima/ Pouteria altissima
Trade names: Aningré
Janka: 1300 approx
Uses: Back and sides veneer
RIYL: Mahogany/ Koa
Bling factor: Chatayonace and curl is common
Availability: Rare
CITES status: Not listed. Considered vulnerable
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Aningre Back & Sides
Read our interview with Tim McKnight here.

Natural History

Aningré reaches meters 50 high and the trunk diameter can reach 250 cm in it’s native African range from Guinea through Ethiopia, Kenya to Zambia. The bole is straight with triangular winged buttressing and is often used in Ehtiopia and Uganda as a shade tree in coffee plantations, as well as a bee plant.

Physical properties

The heartwood of Aningré is yellow white to reddish brown and indistinctly divided from the pale sapwood. The grain is fine, straight and can be interlocked. It can often exhibit a block mottle or board curl figure.It is often a utility wood and in East Africa has a history of use in musical instruments and vehicle bodies!

The Janka of Aningré is 1300 and the specific gravity is 0.58

As a tonewood…

It is used for back an sides for guitars, where it’s light weight allows it to compare favourably to mahogany.

Tim Mcknight says: “I have used African Anigre a few times. The tone is very mahogan-ish. The raw wood visual appearance is VERY close to the color of maple. It takes a stain evenly which will really bring out the grain [if] you happen to have some figure that you want to accent? Workability is closer to maple than to mahogany and [generally] there are no unexpected surprises. Its a good tone-wood”

Subjective tone…

I would broadly characterise the tone of Aningré as similar to Honduran Mahogany with perhaps more balance in the trebles.


Good stocks of Aningré are limited.

Links/ References:
Rc tonewoods
IUCN Red List

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