Wood Details

TEAK (INDONESIA/MYANMAR)

 

APPEARANCE
Teak has been prized for centuried as one of the worlds most durable and stable woods for outdoor use. Traditionally used on boats and in outdoor furniture, Teak has also been widely used for flooring.

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Burmese Teak exhibits a wide range of colors when fresh cut, from pale yellows to orange browns with darker stripping, all of which mellllows into medium brown tones. This is commonly use on flooring, Handrail, Decking, Staircase, Wall Cladding, Ceiling and Furniture.

CHENGAL (MALAYSIA)

 

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Chengal is the product of a single species, Neobalanocarpus heimii, in Peninsular Malaysia. The timber seasons slowly with moderate end-checks and surface checks as the main sources of degrade. The only flaw in this wood is the numerious “Pin Holes” which are the galleries of dead Ambrosia beetles that attack almost all living trees of Chengal. Except on aesthetic grounds, this is not objectionable because the strenth of the wood is never significantly affected by these pin holes.

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Sapwood is well-defined. When freshly sawn, the heartwood is light yellow-brown with a distinct greenish tinge darkening on exposure to purple-brown or rust red. This is commonly use on Outdoor Decking, Staircase, Handrail, Wall Cladding, Screen and Ceiling.

ZEBRANO (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

APPEARANCE
Bending strength of air-dried wood is similar to that of Teak, which is considered to be strong. Compression strength parallel to grain in the air-dry condition is high. Zebrano timber is reported to be fairly hard, very heavy, very dense, with good toughness and impact properties. Although it is strong, its uses usually do not require great strength.

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The heartwood is light golden-yellow or pale yellow-brown in color, with narrow-veining or streaks of dark brown to almost black, Zebrano exhibits a wide range of color variation, as the name suggests. giving a zebra-stripe appearance. Zebrano is typically sold in a quartered selection to maximize the contrasting striping. With distinct brown/black lines alternating between a tan colored background, Zebrano is primarily used for design accents.

INDIAN ROSEWOOD (INDONESIA)

 

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Indian Rosewood is a beautiful, rosewood like wood with black striping on top of a dark brown background.

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Indian Rosewood offers a wide range of colors from medium to light browns through to almost black brown purplish tones, on top of which there is frequent black striping.

AFRICAN GOLDEN TEAK (AFRICA)

 

APPEARANCE
African Golden Teak is very uniform colored dense hardwood which offers a lot of “ribbon striped” figure when quarter sawn. The wood weighs about 690kg /m³ when seasoned and dries slowly but well with little degrade. There is exceptionally small movement in service. It is very durable, resistance to both fungi and termites and extremely resistance to preservative treatment.

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African Golden Teak is one of the most uniform in color range woods. Africian Golden Teak is a golden tan teak color when freshly milled.

AMERICAN WALNUT (SOUTH AMERICA)

 

APPEARANCE
American Walnut is America’s most prized hardwood and is used extensively in fine furniture.

INFO
American Walnut has a wide range of color variability from a contrasting cream colored sapwood to tan to medium brown to chocolate brown heartwood.

OAK (UK AND EUROPE, ASIA MINOR AND NORTH AMERICA)

 

APPEARANCE
Usually straight grained but irregular or cross-grained material can occur depending on growth conditions. Characteristic silver grain on quartered Oak timbers are reported to have exceptional resistance to wear which makes them highly suitable for applications such as flooring in heavy traffic areas. The sapwood is light-colored and the heartwood is light to dark brown and is durable, extremely resistant to preservative.

INFO
The heartwood is variable in color, and ranges from light tan or pale yellow brown to pale or dark brown. Oak timber has a medium high degree of color variability and ranges from light tan colors to medium tan colors with a grayish cast to medium brown colors. Some boards may have a pinkish tint or a slight grayish cast and sapwood is white to cream.

IRONWOOD (INDO CHINA)

 

APPEARANCE
Ironwood is a dark purple-brown to dark red-brown and its grain is moderately well-defined, fine and even.

INFO
Sapwood is well-defined by colour. Heartwood is light brown to almost bright yellow when freshly cut but darkens on exposure to a deep reddish brown, becoming very dark purple-brown to dark red-brown or even black with age. Also used as an outdoor timber, for heavy construction, marine piling, boat construction, sharves, fence posts, heavy-duty industrial flooring and shingles.

YELLOW BALAU (MALAYSIA)

 

APPEARANCE
Balau is a very dense tightly grained wood that is heavbily laden with rich tropical oils and resins. Balau’s texture is very fine and even. The grain is interlocked, ofter giving rise to faint stripe figure; texture is moderately fine and even

INFO
The appeal of Yellow Balau Is its resemblance in color and grain to Teak, athough at a much lower cost. It’s sapwood is moderately well defined and lighter in colour than heartwood. Resin canals usually with white contents, occur characteristically in concentric lines on the end surface but the wood is not resinous.

MERBAU (INDO MALAYSIA, INDONESIA, PHILIPPINES)

 

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After being cut, Merbau’s heartwood is a yellow-brown to orange-brown color, and darkens to more brown and reddish with time. The graining of this wood can be interlocked, wavy, or straight. Something particular about Merbau is the sometimes apparent yellow or gold. goldish flecks that can make the appearance seemed speckled with gold

INFO
Merbau’s coloring undergoes a darkening to a richer orangey brown color after installation, with a general muting of the variation of colors present when freshly milled.

IPE WALNUT (SOUTH AMERICA)

 

APPEARANCE
Ipe is a low-luster wood with an oily appearance, a fine-to-medium texture, and a grain that ranges from straight to very irregular.

INFO
The heartwood of ipe ranges from olive brown to blackish, though it can have lighter or darker striping that is sharply demarcated from the whitish or yellowish sapwood.

MAPLE (CANADA)

 

APPEARANCE
The easy availability, durability and resistance to marring has made hardwood maple the floor of choice in bowling alleys, gymnasiums and sports arenas for decades.The pale white-blond color is attractive, and warms to a honey tone in the heartwood, making it a popular choice for airy contemporary rooms, where it’s a beautiful backdrop for greenery and furniture.

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The color is light, ranging from a pale, almost silvery white to a warm light tan. Maple has a closed, subdued grain with very distinctive patterns. Curlicues, swirls and ‘birds-eyes’ are not uncommon, though boards that show the most attractive grain patterns are sometimes culled from lots of wood to be sold at a premium.

WENGE (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

APPEARANCE
Strength properties of the timber are reported to vary with density, but bending strength in the air-dry condition is generally very high. Strength qualities in compression parallel to grain are exceptionally high. It is moderately hard and resistant to wearing and marring. Weight and density are very high.

INFO
The heartwood is dark brown, mostly black, with fine, closely spaced, very dark veins and white lines. The grain is fairly straight to slightly roey. The combination of white bands against the dark wood with black streaks gives Wenge a very attractive appearance. Wenge is offered in selected straight grain for a very uniform look or in mixed graining, where the flat sawn figure yields a visible “flower” look. Wenge, once aged is very uniform in color.

IROKO (TROPICA AFRICA)

 

APPEARANCE
Iroko has a medium to coarse texture, with open pores and an interlocked grain. Iroko is very durable, and is resistant to both rot and insect attack; it’s sometimes used as a substitute for Teak. No characteristic odor.

INFO
Heartwood is usually a yellow to golden or medium brown, with color tending to darken over time. Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

PANTAGONIAN WALNUT (SOUTH AMERICA)

 

APPEARANCE
Patagonian Walnut is in the same family as Brazilian Walnut/IPE. It is a lighter brown color than Brazilian Walnut and offers golden/tan highlights. It also offers more crowed grain/curl figure than Brazilian Walnut. The wood walnut has a very high resistance to all insect and fungal attack. Because of its high durability it is use for Naval Construction, bridge building, archery bow and where high demand is required on your flooring.

INFO
Patagonian Walnut ranges in color from a golden tan to a medium brown color. Some pieces may have some darker brown graining.