The following woods have been selected based on sustainability, durability, strength, joining integrity, machining, and finishing.
Kiaat (African Teak) – Pterocarpus angolensis
Description: Kiaat is indigenous to South and Central Africa, durable & great resistance to insect attacks.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices
Blackwood – Acacia Melanoxylon
Description: Native to Tasmania and eastern Australia; also introduced to Africa, South America, and southern Asia
Sustainability: Australian Blackwood is considered an invasive species and a pest in some areas, Blackwood is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Hevea (Rubberwood) – Hevea brasiliensis
Description: This wood is also known as: Rubberwood or Plantation Hardwood.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Rubberwood lumber is typically taken from rubber plantations where the trees are tapped for latex, and harvested at the end of their useful life cycle—typically after about thirty years