Merbau or Kwila
What is Merbau?
Merbau grows in South-East Asia. Its’ heartwood* is light-brown, it develops into a deeper red-brown when aged. The sapwood* is pale yellow, white or buff coloured.
Most Merbau has an interlocked grain. When sealed with a clear coat, or lightly stained, Merbau has a distinct and attractive appearance.
Merbau is coarse in texture and also contains mineral deposits which give it character.
*Sapwood is the outer light-colored portion of a tree trunk through which the water passes from the roots to the leaves, and in which excess food is often stored. Heartwood is the central core of the trunk.