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KD Iroko Iroko (also known as African teak) is a hardwood tree that is native to the west coast of tropical Africa. It belongs to the Milicia excelsa family and its scientific name is Chlorophora excelsa. The tree can grow up to 50 metres tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 2 metres, and has a straight bole that is clear of branches for up to 25 metres. The wood is golden to medium brown in colour, with a coarse texture and interlocked grain. Iroko is a popular choice for outdoor and marine applications due to its durability and resistance to decay, insects, and rot. It is commonly used for decking, cladding, flooring, and outdoor furniture. The wood is also used in interior design and furniture making due to its attractive appearance and workability. It can be easily machined, sanded, and finished to achieve a smooth and polished surface. Iroko is a sustainable timber source, with forests being managed for selective harvesting to ensure future growth. The wood is also readily available and affordable, which makes it a popular choice for both commercial and domestic applications. In addition, iroko wood is known for its stability and resistance to warping, which makes it ideal for use in humid environments. Iroko wood is a dense and heavy hardwood, which can make it more challenging to work with compared to other woods. It requires sharp tools and proper techniques to cut, shape, and join effectively. The density of Iroko wood can also result in blunting tools more quickly, increasing the time and effort required for woodworking projects. Additionally, the interlocking grain of Iroko wood can cause tear-out and splintering, further adding to the difficulty of working with this wood species.
Category Hardwoods / African Far Eastern Hardwoods Botanitcal Name Chlorophora Excelsa Origin African Uses Ship/boat building, cladding, internal and external joinery
Density 660 kg/m3 Colour Golden orange to light brown Grain Interlocked Texture Coarse but even