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At the South Street Seaport, the historic port in lower Manhattan; the woods served as boardwalk decking where they developed a Rhino grey patina over an exotic hairline-checking pattern. Because of the complex molecular structure of this jungle wood, it’s is not recommended for use in narrower than 4/4″ thickness, making it ideal for decks, exterior walkways, planters or counter tops.
It’s rare that tropical hardwoods can be used in good conscience and carry historical provenance – but for projects looking for the woods aesthetic and performance qualities, African Ironwood can be an option. The dense rot-resistant woods of the African tropical forests, especially Ekki (aka African Ironwood) are more common in Europe for heavy marine applications and the tracks of the Paris Metro.
Thickness4/4" - 12/4"
Color and Surface
Hidden beneath the aged patina of the historic seaside boardwalk is a tropical hardwood that is remarkably clear, dense and 100% heartwood, with deep color hues of amber, van dyke brown or beige. These are the qualities that made woods like Mahogany the rage of early American furniture. Reclaimed tropical hardwoods, the tiny supply that exists, may be the last chance, for at least a few generations, to enjoy old growth exotic woods in the built environment.