The majority of our pieces are made with teak wood for several reasons. Teak is strong, durable and elegant. The natural oil it contains and the beauty of the grain make it very suitable for beautiful indoor and outdoor furniture. We use only genuine plantation teak or village wood, where permits have been obtained to cut the wood. Teak stick and teak root furniture is also available.
Not to be confused with West African or Brazilian mahogany, which are restricted or banned woods, Indonesian mahogany is a fairly fast growing wood. It is pink in natural colour and is only used for indoor furniture. Mahogany is a popular choice for classical furniture pieces because it is clear with very little visible grain, it carves well and it is considerably cheaper than teak. To ensure there are no problems with woodworm, we dip all of our wood into a tank of insecticide before the crafting process begins.
Yellow Balau Bengkirai
This durable hardwood is used for structural timber in wooden houses, bridges and decking. At first, it is comparable to teak in colour, but if cared for, it grows darker like a mahogany. For a wonderful silver patina, simply leave your piece untreated and let it weather naturally.
Merbau is reddish in colour and doesn't crack. We use it for windows and doors but it can also be used for furniture and decking. It is very hard, durable and termite-resistant. Because it is an extremely resinous wood, surfaces have to be well-sealed to prevent bleeding in its early years of use. Merbau is moderately expensive but very good quality is available.
Suar is not a plantation wood but is common in the countryside in Sumatra and Java. Most commercial wood comes from trees that are removed during road or housing development projects. It is still available in large sizes. The popular suar tables are a current trend. Narrow boards that are 70 cm wide are cheap, but prices rise steeply as the length and width of planks increase, up to 120 cm wide and even up to 5 m long and 12 cm thick. These sizes are unavailable in plantation woods of other varieties. Suar is not very stable if cut into thin boards; that is why 6 cm thickness is about the minimum we see. The majority of suar wood is used for large tables and benches but it can also be used for handicrafts and carving. Its durability is similar to teak but it will need refinishing and staining frequently if left to weather. Of course, in Europe many people like to let their furniture turn silver grey and purposely leave it untreated outside.
A local member of the Acacia family, it is economical and we tend to use it in teak furniture as the framework for drawers or inside shelves to help keep prices down. The colour of the sapwood is a whitish yellow while the heartwood is reddish brown. Mindi is naturally resistant to decay and fungi.
This is a local building hardwood in Indonesia. It is similar in colour to Teak when finished and with its smooth and beautiful fiber, is often used for rafters, door panels and windows in wooden houses.
With its unique grains, distinctive colouring and durability, Tamarind is a brilliant choice for creating trendy furniture. It is another hardwood that is highly resistant to impact and insects.
Ironwood (or Ulin in Indonesia)
One of the densest woods in the world, ironwood weighs over 1 tonne per cubic metre. It is extremely resistant to decay, wet conditions and termites. Ironwood is primarily used for marine works in ports.