Timbers and Finishes

It is of great importance to ensure the proper and effective use of timber. We therefore insist that all our supplies are only selected from forests operating a properly controlled replanting policy. By purchasing our products you are also helping to maintain the long-term economic viability and existence of the forests for generations to come.

IDIGBO Tropical Hardwood (Terminalia ivorensis)
ORIGIN: West Africa
OTHER NAMES:
Black afara (Nigeria); bajii, bajee (Sierra Leone).
USES:
Used in furniture and high-class joinery for interior and exterior work, and general carpentry and joinery and construction work. Rotary cut material is used for plywood manufacture and sliced for decorative veneers for panelling.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Idigbo’s heartwood is pale yellow-brown, showing a zonal figure originating in the growth rings – like plain oak – and sometimes with a light pinkish cast. The grain is straight to slightly irregular or interlocked. The texture is medium to fairly coarse and uneven. The timber dries rapidly and well with little checking or distortion. It is very stable with only small movement in service.
TREATMENT:
Teak / Danish Oil. Can be stained with spirit based wood treatments. Left in it’s natural state this timber can discolour with black stains if wet.

IROKO Tropical Hardwood (Chlorophora excelsa)
ORIGIN: West and East Africa
OTHER NAMES:
mvulu (E Africa); odum (Ghana); kambala (Zaire); tule, intule (Mozambique); moreira (Angola); band (Cameroon).
USES:
Interior and exterior joinery; furniture making and carving, boat building and contruction. It is a structural timber suitable for piling and marine work, and for domestic flooring. Also for plywood manufacture and sliced for wall panelling, flush doors and decorative veneering.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Iroko is golden-orange to brown, lighter vessel lines are conspicuous on flat saw surfaces. The grain is interlocked and sometimes irregular and the texture rather coarse, but even. Over a period of time, left untreated, Iroko will darken and then weather to an attractive silver grey. Small cracks may appear especially on end grain. These are perfectly normal characteristics and in no way affect the strength or durability of the product.
TREATMENT:
Teak / Danish Oil once or twice a year, applied by cloth, is recommended.

EUROPEAN OAK Temperate Hardwood/Contructional Timber (Quercus robur)
ORIGINS: UK and Europe.
OTHER NAMES:
Rovere, quercia (Italy); chêne (France); eiche (Germany); eik (Netherlands).
USES:
For furniture and cabinetmaking, Slavonian, Volhynian and Spessart (German) oaks are preferred. English oak is best for boat building, dock and harbour work, sea defences, railway wagons, ladder rungs, sills, thresholds, and for all purposes of exposure in contact with the ground. High-class joinery, coffins, ecclesiastical work such as pews, rood screens pulpits, and carving. Flooring , vehicle body bearers and floors in trucks. Oak is rotary cut for plywood manufacture and sliced for very attractive “silver grain” and “raindrop” figured oak veneers for panels and cabinets.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
European Oak’s heartwood is light tan to biscuit coloured, usually straight grained, but irregular or cross-grained material can occur depending on growth conditions. Characteristic silver grain figure on quartered surfaces due to broad rays. British and Baltic oaks are tough and hard.
TREATMENT:
This timber can be left in it’s natural state or oiled with Teak or Danish oil.

DOUGLAS FIR Clear Grade Softwood (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
ORIGIN: USA and Canada. Also planted in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.
OTHER NAMES:
British Columbian pine, Columbian pine (UK); Oregan pine (USA).
USES:
More veneer and plywood are produced from Douglas Fir than any other timber. Also for heavy construction work, laminated arches and roof trusses, interior and exterior joinery, poles, piles, paper pulp, vats and tanks. Dock and harbour work, marine piling, ship building, mining timber, railway sleepers, slack and tight cooperage.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Douglas Fir’s heartwood is a light reddish-brown shade, and the contrast between earlywood and latewood provides a prominent growth ring figure which shows as an abrupt colour contrast on plain sawn timber and rotary cut veneers. The timber is straight grained but sometimes with wavy or spiral grain and with a uniform medium texture.
TREATMENT:
This timber can be left in it’s natural state or pressure treated.

GREENHEART Constructional Timber (Ocotea rodiaei)
ORIGIN: Principally Guyana; also Surinam and Venezuela.
USES:
Suitable for all marine construction work including ship construction. Also for bridges, heavy duty flooring, chemical vats, billiard cue butts, turnery, fishing rods, longbows etc.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
This evergreen tree varies considerably in colour, from yellow-green, golden yellow, light olive, dark olive, yellow-brown, dark brown to black. Decayed or defective logs have a yellow colour. The grain is straight to interlocked or roey. The texture fine and even, lustrous and cold to the touch.
TREATMENT:
This timber can be left in it’s natural state or oiled with Teak or Danish oil.

IMPORTED JOINERY QUALITY SOFTWOOD

ORIGIN: Scandinavia & Russia
USES:
General purpose timber used for variety of interior and exterior joinery and construction applications.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Impregnated softwood has undergone treatment that gives the wood a slightly greenish tinge. All timber is a natural product and slight movement and cracks may appear from time to time but will not affect your product in any way. Providing your timber has been maintained with the recommended treatments this will help to minimise movement caused by changes in the moisture content of the timber.
TREATMENT:
The timber can be painted, pressure treated or treated with micro-porous wood stains. Pressure treated softwood will last many years.