Cape Town based Rare Woods has purchased a number of new products that will excite the timber world.
Amongst these are Rare Woods’ Roasted Curly Birch, Masur Birch, Snakewood logs, Morado, Black Ofram and Shedua.
In their latest newsletter, Rare Woods describes their latest products as follows:
Roasted Curly Birch: We took a load of our Curly Birch stocks in the US and sent them across the border to Canada for thermo treatment. What we got back has blown us away – a rich medium brown and some dramatic curly figure. With Birch being a relatively hard timber (similar to Oak and Ash), we think this is going to make an amazing flooring option.
Masur Birch (due in soon): This is one that is sure to excite the knifemakers. Masur Birch (also known as Karelian Birch) is not a species in of itself, but rather a particular grain figure that occurs in various species of European Birch. The result is a beautiful marble like figure – a mix between burl and birdseye. We recently bought a load for our US business and are now bringing some of that across to South Africa.
Snakewood logs: as one of the most aesthetically unique exotic woods in the world. Its muted light yellow-, orange- or red-tinted brown underlying base colour is covered by tight, uniform patterns of darker brown or black patches which give the appearance of snakeskin.
Morado: Also known as Bolivian or Santos Rosewood, this timber has wonderful lustrous rosewood-like qualities, but at a reduced price. A beautiful choice for high end projects and smaller items like jewellery boxes or heirloom tool handles.
In addition to these exciting new stock items, we have also recently received a new container of Black Ofram which has proved quite popular with those looking for a reasonably priced but lively timber for internal cabinetry.
We are also expecting to receive imminently a container of Shedua (aka Tropical Olive or Ovangkol), in 26, 38 and 50mm sizes. This lightly figured golden-brown timber is somewhat reminiscent of fine grain Burmese Teak and is a superb option for luxury furniture and cabinetry. We have not had a full range of thicknesses available for quite some time, so it will be an exciting day for us when we are able to offer these options again.