Our TimbersThere are many timbers we use for specialist Handrails and Staircases, these are, Mahogany (Sapele) or (Utile), Oak (European / American), Ash (European / American), American Black Walnut.
We do use other timbers and our suppliers can just about obtain any commercial hardwood. Maple, Cherry, Beech and many other types of wood are also used, so don't hesitate to request your preference.
Oak (European)This Oak is grown across Europe and is also found in North Africa and Asia Minor, hybrids are common. The major growing areas are found in, Germany, Austria, the Balkans and France. These timbers are generally known as, European Oak.
When freshly cut it is a creamy white, but after a short period the overall colour darkens to a golden, yellowish brown.
The grain is normally fairly straight, but will become more wavy nearer branches. Radial cut quarter sawn Oak is well known for its flowery grain.
Sapele (Mahogany)Sapele is found from West to Central through to East Africa; the bulk of commercial timber production comes from West Africa. It is from the same family, Meliaceae, as Mahogany. The tree is tall at around 46m or 150 feet.
Sapwood is pale yellow or creamy white, that is clearly distinct from the medium red to slightly brown heartwood.
The grain is slightly interlocked, which produces the quarter sawn stripe figure for which Sapele is renowned. In addition to this figure, it can have an attractive fiddleback or roe-like appearance. The texture of the grain is fairly fine, although it can vary widely depending upon local growing conditions.
Also known as: Aboudokro, Acajou Sapeli, Botsife, Liboyo, Lifaki, Penkwa, Sapeli Mahogany or Scented Mahogany.
Walnut ( American Black )Found naturally in central and eastern parts of North America, this Walnut is grown in other parts commercially for its nut crop. It may reach up to 46m or 150 feet.
When freshly cut, Black Walnut has a distinct and curious odour. This goes off after a while, but will still be noticed when separating boards or even cutting boards.
The colour is usually, fairly uniform, despite the presence of some darker streaks. The grain is usually straight, although in older trees it may be curl or wavy and the texture can be coarse. Boards containing the wavy and curly grained boards are sought after for veneering.
Also known As: American Black or American Walnut- and sometimes as Gumwood.
Ash (European)Found throughout Europe, Ash is a fairly tall growing hardwood with a good trunk length before branches occur.
The wood is creamy white in colour with no differentiation between sap(wood nearest bark) and heartwood. Some dark brown or black streaks can be found, hence the term
Flat sawn surfaces show well defined grain patterns, due to the strong growth rings. The grain is normally fairly straight, but coarse in texture.
Depending on its origin it is also known as: English, French and so on,as well as Olive Ash.