House Signs made using Iroko Wood

iroko trees

The Iroko tree comes from the west coast of Africa and is a hardwood tree that has been known to live up to 500 years. house signs made from Iroko timber are a popular choice with customers due to its natural teak appearance as well as being very durable and robust.

Iroko wood can be natural to carve into various designs and logos; however, due to its natural interlocked grains, it can cause tears while being engraved but can often produce unique patterns itself.

Iroko signs are best used externally instead of indoor signs as Iroko timber is stable, extremely durable and can be left untreated in weather conditions.

The colour of Iroko can vary from yellow to a golden brown and tends to be naturally oily due to its oily nature; there is little maintenance needed with this type of timber.

In the UK, Iroko is usually harder to purchase than any other wood material due to trading laws with Africa, which leaves it to be an expensive type of timber.


  • Strong
  • Weather resistant
  • Dries quickly


  • Can easily split
  • Interlocked grains
  • Expensive
  • Extremely difficult to purchase
  • Cutting trees down unnecessarily results in loss of habitat for animal species and may increase the likelihood of flooding in local areas.

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