TYPES OF WOOD

We are immensely lucky to work with infinitely variable and immensely beautiful and exotic hardwoods. One of the fundamental joys of making beautiful wooden furniture is working these materials. Each timber has its own character. Each board is different. Some species cut under the chisel like hard cheese. Others have all the hardness and resilience of mild steel but without the coldness of touch. Yet all species are sourced in the various islands of the Indonesian archipelago.

 
TEAK WOOD: True teak is indigenous to Southeast Asia, but similar wood species also grow in Africa.
Properties & Uses: Teak is a yellow to dark brown hardwood which is extremely heavy, strong and durable. Often strongly figured, teak shows a beautiful mottled grain. It exudes natural oil from its pores, enabling it to withstand exceptional conditions; therefore it can be used for indoor as well as for outdoor furniture.
 
RAIN TREE WOOD: also called monkey pod tree wood, it can be found all over South East Asia.
Properties & Uses: its attractive grain and contrasted color, from light beige to dark brown, makes it a very suitable wood for beautiful indoor furniture. The interlocking grain prevents it from cracking when moved to a drier climate. It is quite fast growing and easily replaceable so the width of the slabs available can be quite substantial, up to 120 cm and even till 200 cm though more rarely.
 
TAMARIND WOOD: it is found all over tropical Asia.
Properties & Uses: the heartwood is of a stunning dark red brown, almost black while the other parts are of a light yellow or cream color often with grayish or brownish streaks. These amazing contrasts in color make it a beautiful choice for furniture as well as for accessories and ornamental items.
 
BLACK ROSEWOOD: called sonokling wood in Indonesia.
Properties & Uses: it is a premium quality timber which can be used for furniture as well as accessories. It is as hard and stable as teak wood but its amazing dark color reminds of ebony.
 
JACKFRUIT WOOD: this is a fruit tree that can be widely found all over South East Asia.
Properties & Uses: it is a very strong and hard wood with a beautiful unusual yellow brown color, which makes it another excellent choice for stunning pieces of furniture.
 
HIBISCUS WOOD: called waru in Indonesia.
Properties & Uses: this is another hard and stable wood with also a very original color: white to light gray on the edges while the heartwood is dark gray and sometimes almost black. More often used for accessories rather than for large pieces of furniture as the width of the slabs is seldom large, it will give a pleasing combination of light and dark colours.
 
KALENGO WOOD: also called kayu benuang laki or kayu raju mas and largely found in the island of Sumbawa.
Properties & Uses: it is a lighter timber that is traditionally used to make canoes. It grows quite fast and till a large diameter so we use its outer part, which is the strongest, to make exceptional semi-circular partition screens.
 
COCONUT TREE WOOD: well known for its delicious fruit and found all over tropical regions.
Properties & Uses: it is only in the past 20 years that people have discovered the potential commercial use of this beautiful timber; due to its unique grain and natural appearance, coconut wood has been proven to be a good material for furniture, decorative interior walls, parquet floors, and accessories.
 
BLACK PALM WOOD: found all over tropical regions and traditionally used in Indonesia to produce brown sugar from its sap.
Properties & Uses: the unique grain is similar to coconut wood but it is much darker: grain is very straight and contains no growth rings, knots or defects. Fibers are more densely packed towards the outside of the tree trunk, becoming more and more sparse toward the center of the tree, which is why we only used the outer part of the trunk, thus combining narrow thin slabs or making beautiful pots out pieces of trunk.
 
MERBAU WOOD: also known as Ipil (Philippines) it grows in the Indo-Malayan region as well as in The Philippines and Australia.
Properties & Uses: when freshly cut, the heartwood is a yellowish to orange-brown color, but then darkens to red brown. The grain varies from straight to interlocked. It is as stable as teak and very strong, making it a nice option for large pieces of furniture with a more minimalist look on the surface than teak because of its straight and less wavy grain.
 
FRANGIPANI WOOD: also known as plumeria it grows in all tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Properties & Uses: more famous for its charming and very aromatic flowers, the wood of the frangipani tree is actually an amazing option for unique piece of furniture. It is a very strong and stable wood with a grayish color and using the natural twisted shape of the trunk, very original stools and tables can be made.
 
LIANA WOOD: characteristic of tropical rainforest, these long-stemmed woody vines are rooted in the soil at ground level and uses trees to climb up to the canopy.
Properties & Uses: after being dried and thoroughly cleaned, even bleached sometimes, they become an extraordinary inspiring material to create unique decorative pieces: wall panels, partition screens, lamps…
 
NYEPA BARK TREE WOOD: this tree is native to the tropical regions from Madagascar to Polynesia.
Properties & Uses: famous for the medicinal properties of its leaves, the original shape of its trunk makes it also a fabulous source of inspiration for unique decorative accessories. Each slice cut from the trunk has a particular shape: some will remind you of an animal and others of graceful dancers. Used as single pieces or combined together they become amazing creations for interior design. The original color is a creamy white with some grayish spots but it can also be stained into darker shades, from light brown to black.