HARDWOOD SPECIES

HARDWOOD SPECIES

African hardwood species are characterised by their high density and very low porosity or even absence of it.

Trees of sub-tropical African hardwoods species are typically small in sizes and grow very slowly because of the predominant dry climate where they grow.

It explains their extreme density and low porosity created by the environment.

Our African hardwoods species must be distinguished from the equatorial hardwoods (often referred to as West African species) that grow quickly, come to extremely large sizes because of the predominantly high humidity and high rain fall areas in which they grow.

Our sub-tropical hardwood types are rare, predominantly dark in colour and classified as precious woods by the authorities of their country of origin. We selected and process ten hardwoods species, that are not on the CITES list, with one exception.

Because of their technical characteristics, these hardwood species are not suitable for furniture, door and window frames, structural and industrial applications.

These woods species are predominantly used for musical instruments, turners work, knife handles and other artisanal and artistic applications: jewellery, chess pieces, and very rarely for high value hardwood floor.

Because of their extreme hardness these hardwood species can only be processed by specially designed industrial machinery and sawn with tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) blades. When processed these hardwood types produce extremely fine saw dust, not suitable as wood shavings.

MOPANE

Mopane colophospermum is the answer to the makers of woodwind instruments, who look for solution for selling across borders and for their customers concerned...

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RED OR PINK IVORY

Unique South African hardwood, in the Zulu Kingdom only the King was allowed to wear as ornament. In our capacity of leading South-African supplier...

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WILD OR AFRICAN OLIVE

This hardwood is typical of the South African Highveld. It can grow to gigantic size of 18 meters in height and 40 meter in foliage width.

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CAMEL THORN

This recently introduced species has been well accepted by our German, English and American distributors. It is popular with knife makers in South Africa.

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LEADWOOD

This wood was initially introduced to our American then followed to our UK distributor and then finally got wider acceptance.

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BLACK CHACATE

This wood is one of the nine precious hardwoods of Mozambique. It is also found in the bordering regions of Zambia as well as North Western Zimbabwe...

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TAMBOTIE

TAMBOTIE also called African Cocobolo and Sandalo in Mozambique. This wood is one of the nine precious hardwoods of Mozambique.

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AFRICAN BLACKWOOD

With the listing of Dalbergia melanoxylon as an endangered species by CITES* our supplies of legalised wood is restricted and therefore significantly ...

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SNAKE BEAN

It has been recently introduced with our English and German distributors. The high density hardwood offers a unique colour and grain.

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MATUMI

We recently introduced this wood species in our product range. It is popular in South Africa for knife makers and bowls.

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