The Timber we use
We are passionate about the beautiful hardwood forests that occur naturally in the in the deep and ancient sands of the Kalahari veldt of Western Zimbabwe. Responsibility for the preservation of these forests has rested with the Forestry Commission since 1908. By purchasing our timber from the Forestry Commission we help fund them to preserve these forests, a win-win solution.
Principally we use Zambezi Teak (formerly known as Rhodesian Teak). One of the advantages of harvesting Zambezi Teak is that it copses when a trunk is harvested – meaning that multiple new trunks will grow up from the well-established root system to replace the trunk removed. The best way of ensuring propagation of a healthy forest is to thin these smaller trunks out after a few years. When harvesting the forests are divided up into coups (about four hectares each). Only a limited number of trees are harvested from each coup, and each coup is re harvested every 30 years. There are well over 2 million hectares of Teak forest in the west of Zimbabwe, so only a small fraction is harvested.
Every piece of natural timber has its own character and foibles. No two pieces are ever the same, and these differences and characteristics give the timbers their great charm. We select each piece used to ensure these naturally occurring characteristics in no way compromise the structural integrity of the products we make.
We also source eucalyptus saligna (blue gum) from old growth plantations in the Eastern highlands of Zimbabwe that are being felled to make way for new plantations.
We do justice to this magnificent timber by turning it into superbly constructed and beautiful products.
Zambezi Teak is undoubtedly one of the finest hardwoods in the world, with its finely whorled grain and rich varied colouration. In 1952 a worldwide enquiry was instituted to find the most suitable material for making the floors of the London Corn Exchange. It had to be of particular hardness and durability because of the heavy use to which it would be put and the damaging effect of the corn kernels ground underfoot. After much deliberation and a series of stringent tests, a decision was reached to make the floors out of Rhodesian Teak. It was quite simply the most suitable timber in the world for this purpose.
Bloodwood - Laquer
Teak - Laquer
Teak - Oil
Bloodwood - Oil
Saligna - Oil