Types of Wood

Types of Wood


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We always recommend real wood in place of anything artificial. But there are several wood types that can be used in your home furnishings. Which types do you use? Here are some popular options

Magnolia (Kepelan)

More commonly known as “Magnolia” wood, it is also known as “Kepelan” in Indonesia. Its’ scientific name is Manglietia Glauca and it is favored for making furniture and carved panels. Magnolia wood is very hard but chips easily making it difficult to carve. Therefore, it is never used to carve statues or sculptures. It has a brown color appearance which is typically improved to a glossy finished with a brown stain.


Grey Hibiscus (Waru)

Better known as Waru in Indonesia, grey hibiscus is known in the scientific community as Hibiscus Tiliaceus. It offers high quality wood that is white to light gray in color which could sometimes be mistaken for crocodile wood. However, the center of the wood is dark gray and at times, almost black in color. As a result, grey hibiscus wood can offer a gradient of color that will yield excellent wood carvings. It can also be well-sanded down to a smooth surface and polished to a shiny gloss with natural or brown shoe polish.


Black Rosewood (Sonokeling)

Also known as “Indian Rosewood”, “Sonokeling”, “Sonobrits” or Dalbergia Latifolia, black rosewood is a high premium quality wood. Because of its premium stature, it is typically used to produce high end pieces such as ornamental gifts, wood carvings, decorative paneling, furniture, etc. Black rosewood is very similar to Ebony wood which is an even higher quality wood.



Ebony’s scientific name is Diospryus Sp. and it is found in mainly in Africa, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and other Asian countries. It comes naturally in a solid black, dark brown or black and brown with lighter streaks. Ebony is a hard and dense wood. As a result, ebony wood is a prized wood for high end decorative carvings and for musical instruments such as piano keys, violin finger boards, pegs and check rest. Lighter ebony wood is also used in golf club heads because of its excellent resistance to impact.