Popular Mechanics (South Africa)
WOOD FOR THE PROJECT
Thank you to Brendan and Seamus Harcourt-Wood from Rare Woods South Africa, generous sponsors of the beautifully grained boire wood for the project.
BOIRE (DETARIUM MACROCARPUM, DETARIUM SENEGALENSE)
Also known in its indigenous regions of Senegal and surrounding countries as amouk, bodo or bodowood, boire is regarded as a tough and durable wood. It’s reputed to remain smooth under friction, making it ideally suited to its primary use as flooring. It’s also widely used in furniture making and boatbuilding.
The sapwood is pale brown in colour. The heartwood is typically mediumbrown to bronze with dark streaks and sometimes other hues, such as oranges and yellows. The species sometimes has interlocked grains, and a very good uniform texture. Other than a little tearout that is commonly associated with any species that exhibits interlocking grains, boire cuts, planes and joints well, glues strongly and finishes beautifully. With great visual appeal, boire represents good value for money.