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Koto - wood, parquet, profileThe Koto wood is a fairly new wood, which has spread very quickly and is now used in furniture as often as in the design of interiors.
The not so heavy African wood has a bright natural color, which can be browned by the technique of steaming.
This makes the wood something very special.
The scientific name of Koto is "Pterygota bequaertii" and it belongs to the family of the Sterculaceae. Of course, the koto tree occurs in tropical West and Central Africa, especially in Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon and Ghana, Cameroon, the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zaire and the Central African Republic.
In addition to the name Koto, there are other trade names, such as "African Pterygota", "Ake", "Awari", "Efok" or "Ikame". If the wood was browned by steaming, it carries names like "Antolia" or "Anatoli".
Appearance of the koto
The trunk of Kotos is straight and cylindrical. At the root there are root starts, which are partially grooved or oval. The trunk is up to 20 meters high and is also knot-free up to this height. The diameter of the trunk is on average 1.4 meters.
The sapwood is about ten centimeters wide and has a yellowish white color, which deviates slightly inward. So the trunk appears in cross section
almost completely monochrome. Even if you dry the wood or it is stored for a long time, you can not find a clear sapwood border.
In very strong trunks, there is occasionally a browning of diameters up to 30 centimeters. Furthermore, the wood has coarse but few pores and sometimes there is a very fine dotting or fine ruling, through which the wood appears lighter. On the whole, the wood of the Kotos is very bright and shines dull.
Properties of Koto
Koto is one
moderately hard wood, however, is still firmer than most commercially somewhat lighter woods. Due to its material properties, Koto is very good at sawing, planing, milling, drilling, knifing and peeling. Also, this wood can be glued very well.
When fresh Koto is very susceptible to attack by fungi and insects. This is especially important in drying, as it is essential to avoid temperatures where mushrooms can easily play. But if Koto is dried too hot, it tends to crack and have strong bumps.
To protect the wood, Koto can be treated with all common wood preservatives. It is recommended to use colorless, glossy products, as this is the only way to preserve the structure and the natural color.
Light protection lacquers are especially recommended. If Koto was used as the surface of a piece of furniture, and should be polished, a strong filler must first be used, as the surface is slightly porous in its natural state.
Uses of koto
Koto is one of the newer import woods and is used as solid wood for furniture fronts, furniture parts and profiled wood for ceilings and wall coverings. When cladding ceilings and walls, it serves as an alternative to oak.
Furthermore, one can also produce door frames from Koto and it is also suitable built-in furniture, decorative parts and the interior surfaces of furniture. It can also be used as a barrier veneer for furniture and boards. It is also possible to use it as industrial plywood, which has not been the case so far. In the outdoor area or in damp areas Koto can not be used so well that discoloration is possible or the wood can be destroyed by fungi.
Koto with diameters of 0.6, 0.8 and 1.4 meters and lengths between four and ten can be used as logs
Buy meters. As lumber there is the wood in all common strengths.