African Pterocarpus soyauxii
Shown below with water-based finish (top),
Color: Heartwood is vivid reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish - or purple-brown or black over time. Sapwood is cream-colored. Very uniform in color.
Hardness (Janka): 1725; 34% harder than Northern Red Oak.
Sawing / Machining: Saws well, but requires a slow feed rate; carbide tooling recommended. Machines easily, with some tearing of the interlocked grain.
(Relative to plainsawn select Red Oak.)