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GEELHOUT, Common names : real yellowwood ( Eng. ); opregte geelhout (Afr.); Umkhomba (Xhosa); Mogobagoba (Northern Sotho); Muhovho-hovho
( Venda ); Umsonti (Zulu)

waarvan sulke voortreflike meubels gemaak word, was die feitlik vanselfsprekende keuse toe daar tot ’n nasionale boom vir Suid-Afrika besluit moes word. Dit word immers reeds eeue lank plaaslik benut. Dit was byvoorbeeld die belangrikste timmerhout van die eerste Europese pioniers aan die Kaap en is onder meer vir die bou van huise en waens gebruik.

Een van die TOP TIEN in Afrikaans is my moedertaal se TOENTERTYD-uitdaging
Maart 2011.


A card
THANKS to Marie Theron who bought a card today: 18 May 2011.

Geelhoutbome groei oor ’n breë gebied—van die Soutpansberge en Blouberge van Limpompo suidwaarts deur die klowe van die Drakensberge en teen die Suid-Afrikaanse suidkus langs tot op Tafelberg in die Kaap. Dit kom ook in die tropiese Oos- en Wes-Afrika voor tot by Tanzanië en die Kameroen.

Die geelhout, ’n stadige groeier, is ’n manjifieke boom met ’n massiewe stam en wyduitgestrekte kroon. Die waardevolle hout is liggeel met ’n gladde grein.
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The real yellowwood grows naturally in mountainous areas and forests in the southern, eastern and northern parts of South Africa, extending into Zimbabwe and further north. It is also found on rocky hillsides and mountain slopes but does not get as tall where it is exposed as it does in the forests.
Uses and cultural aspects:
The real yellowwood has apparently been used more than any other South African timber. Floors in the old Cape homesteads were made of this wood. The soft yellow colour of the wood contrasts beautifully with the dark-coloured stinkwood ( Ocotea bullata ) and these two timbers were often used together to make furniture. The real yellowwood was used a lot for tables and cupboards, as it polishes up very well. The South African Railways used to use the timber to make railway sleepers. In the old days it was used to make wagon boxes. Coffins were often made of it too. An unusual use was that of a butcher’s block because the wood is hard and did not chip easily. It also has no scent, so it did not taint the meat.

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Comments

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous colours and wonderfully rustic furniture. Lovely picture and great right up. Alma xx

  • Hi Alma! Thanks so much! Just love old furniture! x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwualmost 4 years ago

    superb image

  • Thank you, also for the fav! ;-))

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 4 years ago

    En WAT versteek jy in hierdie pragtige Geelhout- en Oregon-dennehout kiste Liz? Pragtig so opmekaar gestapel en ek lief daai stoel!

  • Wens dit was myne! Die foto is in Cullinan geneem by Jan Harmsgat se winkeltjies, ja ek glo die boonste een is oregon! Baie dankie vir die inloer en aanmoediging Maree.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely capture, Liz… a grouping of treasures!!

  • Thanks so much Barb, beautiful furniture is one of my soft spots!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    Nostalgi voorwaar! Ek het as kind groot geword met die “Globe” stoele soos my moeder dit genoem het!
    Excellent work and very interesting info, well done Elizabeth!

  • Baie dankie vir die lekker saam-onthou en geniet!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 4 years ago

    adore old trunks. sweet foto!

  • Thanks Sally! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkeralmost 4 years ago

    beautiful,this looks great! well done!

  • Thanks so much Catherine!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent work and very informative!

  • Thanks so much Colin!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    18 Mar 2011 – VEELS GELUK! Jy’s in die TOP 10!

  • Baie dankie Maree, ’n groot eer! Dankie ook aan almal wat gestem het! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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