General Description: Iroko is an open pored
wood that is mildly lusterous and has been used as a teak substitute. As it
ages it is similar in color to teak.
Janka Hardness: 1260
Color: Iroko exhibits a medium range of
color variation once it has fully aged. As it ages from fresh cut to fully
aged, it will vary greatly in color. The sapwood is yellowish white in color
while the heartwood is golden-orange to brown in color. Lighter vessel lines
are conspicuous on flat sawn surfaces. Large deposits of calcium carbonate,
with darker colored surrounding material are usually present. Yellow bands
of soft tissue are reported to form a zig-zag pattern on all surfaces.
Color Change: Iroko
exhibits an extreme degree of color change with pronounced darkening from a
bright gold color when freshly milled to a medium brown color once fully
The grain is moderately interlocked.
Stains well after surface preparation.
Characteristics: It is a very heavy wood, is
high in density and durable.