What is iroko wood?

Iroko [Chlorophora excelsa, Chlorophora regia] is a large hardwood tree from the west coast of tropical Africa that can live up to 500 years. It is one of the woods sometimes referred to as African teak, although it is unrelated to the teak family. Given the high prices of genuine teak, iroko could be considered a moderate-cost alternative. The wood is stable, durable, and has an overall look that somewhat resembles to teak. The wood colour is initially yellow but darkens to a richer reddish brown over time.

It is a very durable wood and does not require treatment with varnish. Teak oil can be applied as needed when used outdoors. Common uses are veneer, flooring, furniture, cabinetry, boatbuilding, turned items, and other small specialty wood items.

Resources: Wikipedia, britannica.com

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