COPALWOOD – Reclaimed Parquet


Copalwood is a lovely timber with features not found in other species that we sell. A most unusual and beautiful timber. This species is also called African Rosewood and comes from Western, Central and Southern Africa. The heartwood is pinkish brown or pale red-brown and over time it darkens to a rich mahogany-like red-brown colour. You can read more about this species here.

Before buying your parquet we recommend that you request a sample so you know what to expect.

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(minimum 5 sq metres)
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This particular block is designed to be laid in a herringbone. It is an acme block with pegs in the sides, which can be removed and laid as a square-edged block

The measurements are:

  • 9″ long  3″ wide  x  3/4″ thick
  • (229 mm by 75 mm by 20 mm).

Please note: In the description we use Imperial dimensions because that is how the blocks were originally milled. Metric dimensions are rarely an exact match.

Where from?

The reclaimed parquet comes from the Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon, which was rebuilt a few years ago. The block dates from the 1950s.


For sale in multiples of 1 sq m above the minimum purchase of 5 sq m – if you need a smaller quantity please contact the office directly.

Smaller amounts for repairs or infills:

If you just want to do an infill area, we will try to match the size and species for you before you buy so that you are sure of the wood type.

In order to use this service, we will ask for good photos in focus to be emailed with all three dimensions of the parquet block (L-W-D) and your full contact details please. In addition, you may need to send us an original block that we are matching. Please be ready to do this as it helps a lot with identification and we prefer to use our expertise than you guessing!


The parquet is in good, reclaimed condition but may have a dry glue on the surface which will sand off with a coarse grit paper. Before buying your parquet we recommend you request a sample so you know what to expect.

There is a layer of tacky bitumen on the bases. The professional adhesives available these days will fuse with the bitumen and stick successfully without the necessity of removal. You can buy our recommended adhesive SikaBond 5500s on our website. The blocks will require some preparation, prior to laying, particularly along the edges. This will give a tight fit and therefore a better finish.  The floor will need several good sanding passes after the completion of the block laying.

Photos of Copalwood:

The photos show our parquet blocks after sanding and polishing however the blocks we supply will be in reclaimed condition. The feature photo is of Copalwood as supplied by us and laid by professional fitters. The size may be different to the one advertised.

Copalwood close-up

Copalwood close-up


We use Sage Pay 3D Secure or PayPal for all on-line purchases, or you can telephone or email the office to place and pay for your order.


Please allow 10% extra on your room area to cover wastage in the pattern. Don’t forget to advise us of a contact telephone number when you buy your parquet as well as your preferred date for receiving the pallet as someone will need to be there to sign for it.


We can normally process your order within 6-8 working days and the delivery takes another 2-3 days depending on where you live. In general you would be able to receive your block within a fortnight. If you need your order sooner then please let us know and we will do our best to help.