Heartwood pink brown or a dull uniform red, usually darkening on exposure to a deep red brown; sapwood creamy white or pale pink, up to 4 in. wide, sometimes not sharply demarcated. Grain interlocked, producing rather broad stripes; texture medium to rather coarse; almost without odor.
Tiama has pink brown heartwood that darkens on exposure to a deep red brown. It’s sapwood is a creamy white or pale pink and isn’t sharply demarcated. It’s grain is interlocked producing broad stripes. It’s texture is coarse; almost without odor.
Works rather easily with hand and machine tools, but there is tearing of interlocked grain. Otherwise, a good finish is obtained in most operation. It enjoys good gluing properties.