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African Mahogany is a wood that continues to grow in popularity. Heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age.
The different species of the Khaya-group are difficult to distinguish. Depending on the growing conditions, the appearance and the properties can vary. The heartwood of freshly sawn Acajou has a pink color. After exposure to light the color changes to pinkish red or brown red. After years, the color could be somewhat irregular. When fresh, the colour difference between sapwood and heartwood is not great, but after exposure to the light, it becomes much clearer.
Black Walnut has long been considered one of the US’s most durable hardwoods, and one of its most popular. Prized for its typically deep chocolate color (often highlighted by red or purple streaks and/or tint).
Both American Beech and its European counterpart are known for their pale cream coloration. Beech is typically a pale cream color, sometimes with a pink or brown hue. Veneer tends to be slightly darker colored, as slicing the veneer usually requires the wood to be prepared with steam, which gives the wood a more golden tone.
It is definitely an 'appearance timber', with a heartwood that is a rich golden brown. This is sometimes complimented by reddish streaks or a narrow band of darker colour, indicative of the growth rings. The sapwood is much paler in appearance. Blackwood has a medium and even texture. Often completely black, with little or no discernible grain. Occasionally slightly lighter, with a dark brown or purplish hue. The pale yellow sapwood is usually very thin, and is clearly demarcated from the darker heartwood.
Cherry is renowned among woodworkers and furniture aficionados for its color and aging process. It starts out a light pink and darkens over time to a rich reddish hue with a lustrous patina. Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a deeper golden brown with time and upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a pale yellowish color.
Hard Pear occurs in the Eastern, Southern and Western Cape. It is an evergreen, medium to tall tree (8-25m) with a spreading crown. Heartwood is a pale pink or light reddish brown. Sapwood is slightly paler but is not usually distinct from heartwood. Pear is sometimes steamed to deepen the pink coloration. Pear is also occasionally dyed black and used as a substitute for ebony.
Kiaat is closely related to African Padauk (both are species of the Pterocarpus genus). Its heartwood color can vary from a light golden brown to a medium brown with a reddish or purplish tint.
Meranti is probably the most popular ‘value for money’ species when it comes to joinery here in South Africa. Typically a dark reddish or purplish brown; commonly with white resin streaks present.
Oregon Pine (or Douglas Fir) is an important, valuable timber to the Northwest of the US — being used in construction and a variety of building applications. Its trees grow to towering heights, yielding huge planks of usable timber. ts color can vary from a light tan to a medium brown, with a yellow, orange or even red tint.
SA Pine is actually not indigenous to South Africa, but was introduced many years ago. It is grown in plantations all over and is one of our most cost effective timbers available. Pine is a soft, white or pale yellow wood which is light weight.
Like its many cousins, quartersawn examples display varying amounts of its renowned “ray fleck” patterns. Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with a reddish cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood.
While not a true (Tectona genus) teak, Zambezi Teak shares a similar stability, durability and rot resistance. The heartwood is a reddish-brown color, with prominent, irregular black lines and flecks. Heartwood is a medium reddish brown, commonly with black streaks. Sharply defined sapwood is a pale pinkish yellow.
African Rosewood is a species from the same genus as Bubinga (Guibourtia), which has led to Bubinga often mistakenly being referred to as “African Rosewood.” Though obviously not a true rosewood, it does often bear aesthetic similarities.
Sapele is an economically-important wood to the continent of Africa, and one that continues to grow in popularity in other industries beyond veneer mills, here in the US. It is commonly used as a substitute for Genuine Mahogany — also belonging to the Meliaceae family — and it, too, is considered moderately durable and stable. Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age.
The wooden sleeper is made from a variety of softwood and hardwoods timbers, oak, jarrah and karri being popular hardwoods, hardwood railway sleepers are generally much more durable and naturally longer lasting. The wood cracks and bursts.
White Oak has long been considered one of the preeminent hardwoods of Central & Eastern America. The trees commonly live for hundreds of years, if left undisturbed. Has a light to medium brown color, though there can be a fair amount of variation in color.
Yellow wood is an even-grained, lightweight South African wood that has been used historically for hundreds of years, and a variety of purposes. It was extensively used in railway sleepers, as well as in multiple phases of construction.