Mutenye is closely related to the Amazakoue wood species. The name derives from the color of its bark and is sometimes also falsely used for the related Anzem species from Gabon.


Botanical name: Guibourtia arnoldiana
Overall character: The numerous dispersed pores with no specific array are clearly visible. This wood can look especially sophisticated when lubed.
Color and structure: The splint has a grey to dirty-grey color and often has a yellow tint while fresh, which fades with time. The heartwood can vary between a slight grey and yellow or a light olive and light brown color.
Characteristics/features: Mutende is relatively hard, but still easily sawable. Processing can often be difficult and requires a variety of fit equipment.
Areas of use: Mutenye is mainly used for veneers. Despite the tough workability, it is used as construction wood and solid wood in some cases.