Grown in: West Africa.
Description: Iroko / Kambala is an open pored wood which has been used in the past for a teak substitute. As it ages it is similar in color to teak.
Color Range: Iroko/Kambala exhibits a medium range of color variation once it has fully aged. As it ages from fresh cut to fully aged, it will vary greatly in color.
Color Change: Iroko/Kambala exhibits an extreme degree of color change with pronounced darkening from a bright gold color when freshly milled to a medium brown color once fully oxidized.
Where to Use: Iroko/Kambala may be used residentially wherever the look of a tan/brown colored wood with unique graining is desired.
The wood has low resistance to sawing.
Blunting Effect: Occasional deposits of calcium carbonate can severely and rapidly blunt cutting edges.
Planing: Machining properties such as planing, turning, moulding, and boring are reported to be generally good but variable. The material works fairly easily with ordinary machine tools but there may be some tearing in material with interlocked grain. Occasional deposits of calcium carbonate can blunt cutters severely and rapidly.
Gluing: The wood glues well, but casein glue is reported to produce a black glue line.
Nailing: The material is reported to have good nailing properties.
Screwing: The wood has satisfactory screwing properties.
Polishing: Iroko is reported to yield a high lustrous finish, but it requires a fair amount of filling.
Staining: The wood is reported to stain well, after some surface preparation.
Varnishing: The wood can be varnished satisfactorily, but it requires some amount of filling or degreasing.
Painting: Painting properties are reported to be satisfactory, but surface degreasing has been suggested for better results.
Steam Bending: The wood is reported to have moderate steam bending characteristics.
Response to Hand Tools: The material is reported to work satisfactorily with hand tools, with a moderate to severe blunting defect on cutting surfaces due to the presence of calcareous stone deposits.