Iroko

Iroko (Milicia excelsa) Common Name(s): Iroko Scientific Name: Milicia excelsa, M. regia (syn. Chlorophora excelsa, C. regia) Distribution: Tropical Africa Tree Size: 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter Average Dried Weight: 41 lbs/ft3 (660 kg/m3) Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .55, .66 Janka Hardness: 1,260 lbf (5,610 N) Modulus of Rupture: 12,700 lbf/in2 (87.6 MPa) Elastic Modulus: 1,360,000 lbf/in2 (9.38 GPa)...

About the Project

How “The Wood Database” got started… It all began back in April of 2007; I had recently checked out some wood identification books at the library, and I wanted a way to organize all of the most helpful data into a single reference file on my computer. After cataloging the wood’s common and scientific names, weight, approximate cost, and any other notes or observations that I thought were unusual to that species of wood, I...

The Periodic Table of Wood

Woods featured on the poster: [expand title=”NORTH AMERICA (27 species)”] Alder, Red Ash, White Baldcypress Basswood Birch, Yellow Box Elder Butternut Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar, Western Red Cherry, Black Chestnut, American Elm, Red Fir, Douglas Hickory, Shagbark Locust, Black Maple, Hard Oak, Red Oak, White Osage Orange Pine, Southern Yellow Poplar, Yellow Redwood Sassafras Spruce, Sitka Sycamore Walnut, Black Walnut, Claro...

Restricted and Endangered Wood Species

by Eric Meier The issue and ethics surrounding the utilization of trees for lumber is oftentimes both expansive and ambiguous. Not only are there questions of sustainability (i.e., given the current rate of harvesting, can a particular species continue to reproduce at a sustainable rate so that demand will not outstrip supply?), but there’s also the matter of habitat destruction (i.e., even if a tree species can be sustainably harvested...

Worldwide Woods, a new poster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjAfSffIQdA Temporarily unavailable! Please use the email signup list below to be notified as soon as the poster becomes available for sale. Over 500 worldwide woods pictured 24" wide (61 cm) x 36" tall (91 cm) Divided into 8 geographical regions $30 (shipped by Amazon.com) Alder, Red (Alnus rubra) Ash, Black (Fraxinus nigra) Ash, Green (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) Ash, White (Fraxinus americana) Aspen, Bigtooth...

Wood Allergies and Toxicity

by Eric Meier “Not to omit any one of them, the yew is similar to these other trees in general appearance . . . It is an ascertained fact that travellers’ vessels, made in Gaul of this wood, for the purpose of holding wine, have caused the death of those who used them.” –Pliny the Elder, from Naturalis Historia, ca. 77 AD Looking at the above quotation, (taken from a writing nearly two thousand years old), ought to bring—at...

Afrormosia

...Afrormosia (Pericopsis elata) Common Name(s): Afrormosia, Afromosia, African Teak...