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NOTE: there is rarely any "standard" or "typical" look for a wood so take what's in this table with a grain of salt
the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood

iroko / Milicia excelsa
(syn.s Chlorophora excelsa, Milicia africana, Morus excelsa)

5" x 5" flat cut, 5" x 5" quartersawn, 1" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.

Diffuse porous with large, sparse, randomly distributed pores with fat lozenge shaped aliform parenchyma that sometimes spreads out to winged aliform parenchyma. Considerable confluence, some diffuse-in-aggregates parenchyma that occasionally appears banded, and some pore multiples. Rays that are obvious at 10X but growth rings that are vague.



my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions


iroko exposure series --- both sides are raw and half has been covered and the rest exposed to light. The first pic is the raw baseline and the 2nd pic shows the exposure after one month. To see the complete series, click here: iroko exposure series As you can see just from these two shots, iroko darkens with age. Because of the yellow tint, there is some inconsistency in the color due to lighting and color correction, not the exposure, but the effects of exposure are quite clear.

NOT a raw wood color
flooring sample of iroko (also listed as kambala) --- it has been finished with a hard, shiny finishing agent


the piece directly above, after I sanded off the finish --- this was a very thin plywood layer, so I can't get an end grain shot

NOT a raw wood color

NOT a raw wood color
two flooring samples that have been finished with a hard, shiny, finishing agent that has deepened and enriched the color


the same two pieces as above but with the finish sanded off


sample piece and end grain sold to me as iroko / Chlorophora excelsa (a synonym of Milicia excelsa)


end grain closeup of the sample piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


plank and end grain --- for a smaller plank cut-off the same large plank as this one was, see directly below


plank and end grain


end grain closeup (upside down) and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above


two sides of the same plank of mottled iroko cut in half and with one end flipped showing that one side shows a patina and the other is the raw wood (probably was up against another plank and not exposed to light or air)


closeup of the two plank sections directly above


angled face grain shot of the plank above showing how the interlocked grain caused significant tearout by the planer




both sides of a small plank cut from the larger one above --- the yellow/green face has been sanded down but I left the patina untouched on the other side.


side grain of the plank directly above


end grain and end grain closeup of the plank directly above --- I don't know if it's a change in color over time or if I just did a HORRIBLE job of color correction, but when I did the update below I notice that the color on this piece is NOT what is shown above but more like what's in the update below.


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of iroko / Milicia excelsa --- HUGE enlargements are present. This was cut from the plank diretly above. the darker colors are because the plank sat in my garage for many years. The difference in color between the two sides is because (1) I just fine sanded the first face and (2) as you can see in the pic of the whole plank above, one side already had a deep patina


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


veneer, all with accurate color


veneer sheet half moistened with mineral oil

web pics:


planks


planks listed as iroko / Cholorophora excelsa


plank with the kind of ridiculous color that was my main reason for starting this web site in the first place


planks; the one on the left was moistened for the pic and the difference shows nicely how a finishing agent will bring out the color in this wood


plank, specifically listed as Milicia excelsa, with the lower portion moistened


scales --- I am doubtful about the bright color


turning stock


turning stock with color that is probably too rich


bowl blank


listed as iroko plank but that seems highly unlikely --- looks to me like sucupira with poor color correction but could be something else


veneer


quartersawn veneer listed as iroko / Chlorophora spp.


veneer specifically listed as Chlorophora excelsa


veneer sheets and closeup


winged bowl


goblet by Steve Earis


16" platter by Steve Earis. Thanks to Steve's excellent photograhy, very large enlargements are present.