Hi Mike...thanks for the warm welcome.
Our most common and available wood is white Pine which is farmed and sustainable.
An exotic wood which has become commercially available is Bluegum also known as Saligna, originally from Australia, I believe. Difficult to work with as it is stringy and tough and your tools need to be sharp. I still have the old 'forehead mark' when a Saligna bowl popped off the lather while I was trying to finish with a skew chisel...ha I live on a stretch of coast called the Wild Coast, renown for it's big seas and undeveloped mainland.
This is the home of the Amaxhosa people who I have been privileged to have grown up with.
There are trees here which are unknown to the world. One is a tree known as Umsimbithi (Millittia grandis. This tree is found only in this area and is so dense and heavy it sinks in water.
We also get two types of teak, Strychnos decussata, umKhangele in Xhosa and Strychnos henningsil, umNonono in Xhosa.
Both these woods are very hard and beautiful and are used for walking/fighting sticks
I would welcome contact from any South African members on your site
Last edited by dali; 07-11-2015 at 05:08 AM.