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Hardwood Selection for your Clock

We make any clock in the wood type of YOUR choice.You will start your clock’s life by choosing which of our rare hardwoods you would like our cabinet makers to craft into a clock case for you.Please see what wood types we offer and choose one of these or request a timber we have not mentioned and we will see if we can source it.


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”.

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, dishes, grain mortars, drums, canoe paddles 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.”

Other woodtypes used: Oak-Quercus Robur/ Petraea, American Cherry- Prunus Serotina, American Beech- Fagus Grandifolia and American Walnut-Juglans Nigra

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Where does our Exotic/Rare Hardwood come from?

The African Rare Hardwoods that we use are grown in protected areas, harvested using sustainable methods and bought by registered dealers who are carefully monitored by authorities. Any unsustainable felling results in huge penalties, and even the closure of the sawmill in that area. In this way the long term sustainability of this precious resource is guaranteed.

We at Holtzhausen then purchase the timber from these registered South African agents. We refuse any timber offered to us on the black market.


The Cycle

Imported exotic timber

  1. Harvested by local community or with local community participation.
  2. Licensed by government. Purchased by authorized dealers (cutting and drying is done now or after arrival in South Africa, depending on the country or origin.
  3. Legally leaves the borders of the country in question.
  4. Bought by authorized South African dealers.
  5. Sold to Holtzhausen in clean plank form.


Indigenous South African timber

  1. South African Nature Conservation announces an auction in one of its many sustainably managed forests.
  2. Registered buyers bid and purchase timber.
  3. Cutting and drying/fumigation follows.
  4. Holtzhausen purchases timber in clean planks.
  5. Kiln Dried & Fumigated.

All of our wood is kiln dried. This ensures that the wood is unlikely to move or crack. We offer a 2 year guarantee against cracking. In addition to this it is fumigated to banish all bugs that may be problematic when crossing country borders.


Socio-environmental responsibility

Aside from being transparent and responsible in our use of Hardwoods, we plant trees for each clock that is sold by donating to www.trees.co.za

An interesting fact about Hardwood: If harvested responsibly, the environmental impact of using hardwoods is indeed lower than using wood grown in a plantation. Plantations generally require more water and have a negative effect on fragile ecosystems.