The yellowish-white sapwood in Iroko Wood is clearly differentiated from the heartwood, which is golden-orange to brown. The grain of Iroko is moderately interlocked, with a fairly coarse and even texture. Iroko is often used as a substitute for teak (Tectona grandis), very durable and can be left to weather naturally to go a silver/grey
Iroko is an Orisha related to desires, whether good or bad. Orisha of the walker, is consecrated through Obatalá. Iroko is the spirit that lives in the root for some and for others in the foliage of the Ceiba (palo borracho).
Growing up with radio and film documentary makers as parents, Gael Turine witnessed first-hand the economic difficulty of such a lifestyle. He began his studies in Political Science to avoid following in his parents’ footsteps, but his desire to become a photojournalist became too great for Gael to ignore. He quickly switched to a three-year degree program …
Iroko (Milicia excelsa) is a fairly large deciduous tree that grows to over 50 metres tall. Whilst the bark is a pale grey colour, the darker hardwood hidden within has a relatively coarse texture, with open pores and an interlocked grain.