Kiaat (Pterocarpus angolensis)
Family - Leguminosae
Distribution - Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Characteristics: The heartwood is brown in colour with irregular blonde streaks. Fairly soft and light in weight. The sapwood which is rather wide is oatmeal in colour, the grain is straight to interlocked, and the texture is medium.
Working Qualities: Easy to saw and work, the wood turns well, it has good nailing and screwing properties and takes a good polish.
Uses: Kiaat is an attractive timber, suitable for panelling, high-class joinery and furniture and flooring.
Your furniture should last you a lifetime and can easily be passed on to generations to come. It is therefore up to you to treat the furniture with care. Under no cirscumstances should the furniture items be cleaned with water, soap and other detergents - this will strip it of its protective oils.