Shorea One of the most useful woods in the world!

What Makes Shorea so Valuable?

Shorea is a tropical hardwood found and developed in South East Asia. It prospers most commonly in Indonesia but can also be seen in Malaysia, the Philippines and certain parts of Northern India. The wood is a tremendously popular export and widely used as a slightly cheaper alternative to teak, although there’s little between the two when broken down to their core essence.

A member of the Dipterocarpaceae family, shorea hosts a quite astounding number of species in its genus. Over 180 have been discovered and that’s discounting the shorea types which aren’t suitable for timber production. There are currently around 360 known species of shorea descent, including all wild sections, and this is growing still.

The biggest attribute of shorea is undoubtedly the strength of the timber. It’s renowned for its excellent resistance to every day wear and tear. Shorea is extremely durable and tightly grained to produce a desirable density, even more so than teak which is traditionally seen to be the greater luxury and thus slightly more expensive.

The formidable strength of shorea puts it in good stead as the leading hardwood in the light construction industry. This is certainly helped by the fact that it remains unaffected by all variations in weather. A resistance to damp conditions makes shorea extremely competent at combating insect attacks and decay. While the timber isn’t completely free of the effects associated with excessive exposure to dampness, it certainly outlasts its nearest rivals. For example, certain shorea extracts have been obtained underground from European land after a century of being buried, and even after that lengthy exposure to the elements, the shorea has displayed no sign of decay.

Due to the impressive strength of the timber, shorea is classified as a Group A heavy hardwood. There are sparse few timbers which can lay claim to being as downright tough as the tropical hardwood, and shorea is thus the leading hardwood in the veneering industry.

A very fine and even texture is the trademark of a shorea timber, and it usually comes in a light red colour but this typically depends on the specific group of the wood. The exceptional density of the timber can sometimes lead to more visible cracking but in general, the wood is so strong that this is a rarity in itself. Carving shorea can prove troublesome due to the brittle nature. It isn’t ideal for scathing tiny details in to and has the habit of chipping easily. This is looked over however and there are many machines which take great care to mould the hardwood in to a popular source of outdoor furniture.

It’s important to consider that there are literally HUNDREDS of shorea genus and as with other families, each has its own good and bad factors.

The main Balau group is the dominant hardwood which you’ll most commonly find in manufactured industry. This is the heaviest of the shorea section and brilliant in terms of resistance and wear.