| WOOD TYPES |


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There may be occasional shortages of wood, because most of the wood we use is indigenous African wood, and reliable supply is often problematic. This also affects the prices. Most of the wood used is in excess of R10 000 per cubic meter.

We either use treated or raw wood. Treated wood has been kiln dried and cured and is ready for turning, but not always in the sizes required which may necessitate laminating sections to the required size. Laminated pieces are not always suitable for certain articles. Raw wood is obtained from trees that are trimmed or felled. This wood needs to be cut, transported and stored for long periods of time in order to dry naturally.

On average a hardwood log can take one year for every 2 inches in diameter to dry. It follows that a log which is 12 inches in diameter can take 5 -6 years to dry, depending on the hardness and density

All articles will be made according to the client’s specifications. No two orders are ever identical, although they may be similar, as we do not do copy turning on mass. There is therefore always a lead time before we can produce and deliver what you require. Often we have to allow extra time to cure the wood and re-polish

Wood Types.

Kiaat. A dark brown wood which finishes well and is pleasing to the eye. It turns well, is readily available in treated form, reasonably priced and sourced out of Africa. It often has white (sapwood) section running through it, which can create a good contrast depending on the article and application

African Rosewood.This is a lovely dark wood, reddish in colour with a beautiful smooth grain. It is a dense and heavy wood also readily available in treated form, sourced out of Africa. Due to the fact that it is hard and dense it is difficult to turn, but once completed produces a beautifully finished article.

Blackwood (African & Australian). Classified as a dark wood it varies from light to dark brown. It is a heavy, hard and dense wood which is difficult to turn, and very scarce, either in treated or raw form. There are Blackwood trees growing in the northern parts of South Africa, which are often felled, but the wood then needs to be dried, which is normally done naturally and can take years. The result is that articles are expensive.

Oak. A lovely light wood with some darker sections depending on the type of Oak. It is classified as a hard wood and turns well. Raw material from felled trees is readily available although it does not dry very well, and tends to crack a lot. Treated timber is an alternative but is expensive.

Stinkwood. White Stinkwood is a lovely wood, light in colour, texture and weight with a slightly yellow tinge. It is readily available in Gauteng in its raw format, and dries well. It has a slightly pungent stink, hence the name. Turning Stinkwood produces a lovely article with good texture.

Olive. This is the most wonderful wood and turns like a hot knife in butter. The wild Olive is however very plain, which in certain applications is very pleasing. Normal Olive on the other hand has a beautiful dark pith that runs down the centre which creates a lovely contrast. Both are very heavy and dense and produce a very smooth finish. They are available in their raw format in Gauteng, dry well but take a long time to dry.

Jacaranda. This is not an African wood, but is slow growing and produces a lovely article. It is light in colour, weight and density and is readily available in its raw and treated form. Drying is reasonable and little cracking occurs.

Maple. This tree can be commonly found growing on pavements and sidewalks in the streets of Johannesburg’s suburbs. Maple comes in many different types, some completely light while other have a dark centre which is very hard. It is readily available in its raw form, is average in weight and density but can crack easily if not well dried.

Textures and Surface Preparation.

Most often I finish articles to a smooth and fine texture, to which I then apply one of the finishes as described below. There are other finishes available, in addition to a specific finish that you may prefer.

You may however choose to have a sandblasted or brushed texture, or even a rough cut surface. Almost anything is possible, and it is a matter of personal choice taking into consideration the application in which the article will be used, or if it is purely for decorative purposes.

It is a matter of discussing your choice and seeing what we can produce for you.

Woodok. This is by far the most popular finish which I use, producing a good finish with either a very high gloss or matt effect depending on your taste preference and needs. It is also good for the wood and has a high quality oil in it which helps to feed the wood. A separate oil is available which can be applied to feed the wood and preserve the article for many years of use.

A separate oil is available which can be applied to feed the wood and preserve the article for many years of use.

Danish Oil. A good quality hard drying oil which gives a high gloss and hard finish. It can be used for articles that have a practical application and often needs to be handled and washed.

Bees Wax. Bees wax is often used on articles that require a very natural finish, for example a jewellery box where the contents may be affected by oil based products. It has a lovely natural clean smell, and does not have a shellac or varnish type finish hence it’s very natural effect

Paint or Dye. On occasions it is necessary to either apply an acrylic paint or coloured dye to the wood depending on the specific requirement. This can also be covered with an oil based product to the produce a high gloss coloured finish

Lets discuss what you need.

Contact me and I can design something special for you.