Woods to know: Iroko

Iroko is a magnificent tree found growing in tropical Africa.  Many woodworkers are familiar with it as a substitute for genuine Teak (Tectona grandis).  While it does share some visual and structural characteristics with Teak, it should also be appreciated for its own merits. 

Typically, two species are commercially harvested as Iroko (Milicia excelsa and Milicia regia).  They typically grow to heights of 130 feet with diameters of 3 to 5 feet.  Exceptional individual trees can be 160 feet tall with 8-foot diameters.  The trunk of the tree is often clear of branches for the first 70 feet of growth.  Iroko trees will produce large amounts of lumber in excellent lengths and widths.  It also dries well with little degrade.

Woods to know: Iroko
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