Wood Types



Stinkwood (Ocotea bullata)

This tree grows along the South and Eastern coast of South Africa. “The wood type is famous for its natural luster and beautiful figure. The wood is yellowish grey to dark brown, and is amongst the most expensive of all furniture wood types”.

Real Yellowwood (Podocarpus Latifolius)

The Yellowwood tree grows along the South and Eastern coast and up to the Northern border of South Africa. Its wood type is remarkable in its golden-yellow hue and “it has been used as a contrasting wood to Stinkwood in the making of fine furniture” throughout Cape Dutch history.

Wild Teak/Kiaat (Pterocarpus angolensis)

This tree grows throughout Zimbabwe, along the southern Mozambican border and along the northern border of Botswana and Namibia. “The Heartwood is an attractive reddish brown colour and is highly sought after for furniture, building, carving, window and door frames, boat building, canoe building, and fish spears”.

Zimbabwean Teak (Baikiaea Plurijuga)

This deciduous tree grows throughout Zimbabwe and along the northern borders of Namibia and Botswana. “It is used for furniture and parquet flooring, as well as for huts and fence poles, handles for tools, drums and snuff boxes amongst other things. The bark is used in tanning and gives a reddish colour to leather”.

Hard Pear (Olinia Ventosa)

Hard Pear trees grow on the south east coast of South Africa. “In the past it was used mainly for poles and wagon building, but nowadays it has become popular for high-quality furniture, paneling and floors…the crushed leaves and fresh wood type smell strongly of almonds, indicating the release of cyanide.”

Panga Panga (Milletia Stuhlmannii)

This tree grows in Southern Mozambique. It is also known as partridge wood. “The root bark is believed to bring luck and is used, amongst others, by soccer teams to ensure victory.” Wenge (Millettia Laurentii) is related to Panga-Panga

Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon)

This tree is a native of Australia but can be found on the south east coast of South Africa. “The wood type is reddish brown, fairly hard and durable and commercially used for furniture”.

African Padauk (Pter soyauxii)

This tree grows in West Africa and is rich red in colour. It is used for drums and marimbas in Africa and makes an excellent sound case for a clock movement.

African Rosewood (Guibourtia demeusei)

This wood comes from Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire. It is used extensively for furniture as it can be worked well with hand tools and machined to a fine finish.

Zebra wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon)

This wood originates in Zimbabwe and Southern Mozambique. “It is dense, very hard and durable. Locally it is used in the carving of ornaments, walking sticks and musical instruments.”

Brazilian Walnut



We also make clocks in more familiar woods, such as:

  • Oak (Quercus Robur/ Petraea)
  • American Cherry (Prunus Serotina)
  • American Beech (Fagus Grandifolia)
  • American Walnut (Juglans Nigra)

If you are interested in any other timber for your clock case, please do not hesitate to enquire and we will try to source it.