Reclaimed railway sleepers in Azobé hardwood
Reclaimed railway sleepers in Azobé hardwood : The principal advantage of these salvaged sleepers is the rot and insect resistant quality of this tropical hardwood called AZOBE. It is described as follows: Lophira alata, commonly known as Azobé, Ekki or the Red Ironwood tree, is a tree species of the Ochnaceae family. It is found in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Uganda. It has long been used in civil and marine projects, such as bridges, piers, groynes, railway sleepers, decking, lock gates, robust joinery and many more applications which require very strong and durable timber. Using reclaimed Azobe for example to make high quality fencing or decking is ideal, as it is such a durable hardwood. Some of the photos show a newly completed fence made from BCA’s reclaimed azobe by a local French carpenter-joiner in « clinker-built » style, thin strips over-lapping in boat-building style.
We would not consider marketing this tropical hardwood if it was new timber, but reclaiming and reusing it is the best option in the circumstances of dwindling resources, particularly of valuable rot and insect resistant timber such as this. It will readily find its place on a garden or landscape project.
Our current consignments are in two size categories, as below:
- Option 1 : Length = 260 cm x section 24cm x 14cm
Option 2 : Length = over 260 cm x section 27cm x 15cm
- Option 1 : Length = 102 inches x section 9.5 x 5.5 inches
Option 2 : Length = over 102 inches x section 10.5 x 6 inches
In stock at our Maine & Loire premises at L’Hôtellerie-de-Flée North-West of Angers.