When approached to do the job, timber-bending specialist Woodform suggested the use of Angelique, a new timber imported to this country with properties that surpass many of those timbers commonly used. With a density of approximately 950km3 Angelique is a very durable South American hardwood with exceptional bending ability. A consistent inherent moisture content assists impregnation and plasticisation of the timber, meaning it can be more easily bent and remains very stable offering great versatility and flexibility in design.
This, along with its consistency of colour and the fact that it doesn’t have residual effects, such as dripping of tannins onto concrete, makes this species ideal for all applications.
As well as its natural qualities making it ideal for curved work, it also makes economic sense; with such excellent bending qualities, this species is often a cheaper option than other hardwoods such as kwila or saligna.
The design of the rail also ensures its stability. The curved top allows for water run-off and the routered grooves filled with Sika 11FC as an expansion joint (3 x 5mm) on the top of the profile ensures when any shrinkage of the timber occurs the laminate lines remain integral and keep the profile from absorbing water.
Angelique can be used for all exterior, above ground applications and is also excellent for interior work, providing options in design and build to specifiers at a cost-effective rate and is readily available in sufficient supply.