Rare wood releases exciting products

By | 2021-02-04T06:43:45+00:00 February 4th, 2021|

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.

Black Ofram is a great product that is quite popular with those looking for a reasonably priced but lively timber for internal cabinetry. Image credit: Rare Woods

Black Ofram is a great product that is quite popular with those looking for a reasonably priced but lively timber for internal cabinetry. Image credit: Rare Woods

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.