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Hevea Brasiliensis, more commonly known as the rubber tree, is a tropical hardwood belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family. It is a particularly important tree as the liquid latex which can be extracted, is the primary source of natural rubber.

Previously, once exhausted of latex, the trees were deemed useless & burned. However, now, the rubber wood has many practical uses & is harvested to be used for making furniture, flooring, toys, storage pallets, packing cases & more recently biomass fuel.

Rubber wood has gained significant recognition for its environmentally friendly nature, making use of trees that are at the end of their latex producing cycle.

Very versatile & easy to work with, this type of timber has a naturally light blonde to medium tan colour sometimes with medium brown streaks. A sustainable source of wood, not only is it strong due to its tight grain, rubber wood stains extremely well & is easily transformed into shades of teak, rosewood, mahogany & beech along with numerous other wood finishes.

It’s tight grain provides strength & offers great resistance to screw & nail withdrawal forces making this type of wood ideal for structural uses.
Rubber wood provides a solid, smooth, even finish with a beautifully light coloured texture.

Easy to work with both hand & machine tools, rubber wood glues, stains & finishes extremely well.

Very strong & versatile, rubber wood experiences little shrinkage during drying methods, the ideal choice when a stable wood is required.

Unlike other timbers, rubber wood is regarded as highly sustainable & environmentally friendly.

Rubber Wood Samples
15 x 65 x 150mm
£2.50 Plus VAT

 
 
 African Mahogany
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. Quartersawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance.

The grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Good natural luster with a light-refracting optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy. (See video below.)

Diffuse-porous; large to very large pores, very few; solitary and radial multiples; orange/brown deposits occasionally present; growth rings usually indistinct, though sometimes distinct due to terminal parenchyma; rays medium to wide, fairly close spacing; parenchyma scanty to vasicentric, and occasionally marginal (not typical for Khaya spp.).

Rated as moderately durable; moderate to poor insect/borer resistance.

Easy to work, glue, and finish. Tearout can sometimes be a problem if the grain is interlocked.

African Mahogany Samples
15 x 65 x 150mm
£2.50 Plus VAT 

Iroko
When freshly cut, or when unexposed to light, the heartwood is a distinct yellow colour, but on exposure to light it quickly becomes golden-brown. The sapwood is narrow, being about 50mm to 75mm wide, and clearly defined. The grain is usually interlocked, and the texture is rather coarse but even, and the wood weighs on average 660 kg/m³ when dried. Large, hard deposits of calcium carbonate called 'stone' deposits, are sometimes present in cavities, probably as a result of injury to the tree. They are often enclosed by the wood and not visible until the time of sawing, though the wood around them may be darker in colour, thus giving an indication of their presence.

Iroko has excellent strength properties, comparing well with teak, though weaker in bending and in compression along the grain.

Iroko is medium in hardness, weight, bending and crushing strength. Iroko is very low in stiffness and shock resistance, it is moderate in steam bending and has good stability. 

 
 
Walnut
Heartwood is a golden yellow to reddish brown, sometimes with darker streaks and veins. Color tends to darken upon exposure and with age. Sapwood is a medium yellow to light gray,and is generally narrow: it can be up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide, and is clearly demarcated from heartwood; a narrow transition zone is sometimes present between heartwood and sapwood. African Walnut also displays a ribbon-stripe figuring on quartersawn surfaces, similar to Sapele.

The grain is usually slightly interlocked, but is sometimes straight. Medium, uniform texture, with a high level of natural luster.

Diffuse-porous; large pores in no specific arrangement, few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; occasional deposits present in heartwood; growth rings indistinct; narrow to medium rays not visible without lens, wide spacing; parenchyma vasicentric, winged, and confluent.

Decay resistance is rated as moderately durable, with the heartwood being resistant to powder post beetles, but susceptible to termites.

Generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though care must be taken to avoid tearout when surfacing interlocked grain. Turns, glues, and finishes well.
 Wood Chips
Our smaller rubber trees and all off cuts are processed through a wood chipper. They are then quality checked and air dried to a moisture content of below 20% - Please email for all purchasing enquiries.

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