COLOR / GRAIN VARIATION

Very High

HARDNESS

Iroko hardness scale

COLOR

Typical : Light Brown, Golden Brown
New Color : Yellow-brown with gold undertones
Aged Color : Possible dramatic change to a mocha brown with gold in 2-3 months, deepening over time.

SPECIES BACKGROUND

Iroko is found only in dry areas of semi-deciduous forests. Resembling other teaks, the African teak has brown, green or yellow-brown bark and a straight grain. Being densely grained it resists varying weather conditions and doesn’t swell or shrink. The high natural oil content continually preserves the wood and it stays very natural in different environments. The timber from this tree is used for boat building, joinery, flooring and decorative veneers. It is considered a suitable alternative to other threatened teaks within the timber industry.

WHERE IT GROWS

Iroko is found in tropical areas of East and West Africa, Angola, the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaire, Zimbabwe and the Ivory Coast. The tree can grow quite large, it is not uncommon to see forty foot long logs five feet in diameter.

RELATIVE ABUNDANCE

NA

AVAILABILITY

Good

ORIGIN

Africa

DESCRIPTION:

Heartwood is usually a yellow to golden or medium brown, with color tending to darken over time. Iroko has a medium to coarse texture, with open pores and an interlocked grain.

DID YOU KNOW ?

Immediately upon being cut or planed, Iroko is a yellow shade and over 60-180 days darkens to its mocha-brown hue. Iroko Color Variation Guide – Iroko may experience a dramatic color change as it ages.