Wood Types

Glenn Furniture can offer many wood types.

Our primary woods which have proven to be the best results for our furniture is Mahogany and Teak.

Teak, Teak Wood, JATI

GENUS - Tectona grandis


Price Range: High

Quality: Very High

Teak is an execellent wood for high quality carvings. The wood is very hard and produces A quality sculptures and reliefs.

Teak is good for all uses, especialy outdoor. It is resistant to all forms of decay other woods are subject to.

Teak can be matched to almost any finish color except very light colors or white.

Well known as a wood very suitable for furniture and boat building, teak wood is very durable and resistant to decay and insects. It is of medium density, but its hardness varies and is easy to carve. Teak is native to India, Burma and Thailand and grows well in Java, Lombok, Sumbawa and Kalimantan (Borneo). Statues and masks made of teak can be found in Java, but it is primarily used for carved panels in Bali.


Mahogany Grade A, MAHONI

GENUS - Mahogany Swietenia Macropylla

Price range: High

Quality: Very High

We only use Grade mahogany wood. This is wood that comes from very old growth trees. You will find in most cases that Mahogany is cheaper. But it is always based on the grade. I order that our Mahogany products equal the quality of our Teak we have to use the higher grade bringing our Mahogany prices to the same as our Teak.

Mahogany is a reddish wood and requires that whatever finish you use that it has an underlying reddih tint.

Meh - Suar - RAIN TREE - Samanea saman

Price range: Low

Quality: Medium

This average hardwood has a straight grain and rather coarse texture and easy to carve. Known as suwar or suar in Indonesia, rain tree is a native of South America, but has been dispersed throughout the tropics for at least 100 years. Because the trunk is huge in mature trees, rain tree is suitable for creating very large statues. A fast-growing and easily replaceable wood, it is the favored wood of importers outside of the tropics because the crisscrossed, interlocking grain keeps the wood from cracking when moved to drier climates. It can be finished to a fairly high gloss.


Found primarily in northeast America and Canada, beech is a heavy, pale-colored, medium-to-hard wood used widely for chairs and stools. It has a fine, tight grain and large medullar rays, similar in appearance to maple or birch woods. Beech wood has a high shock resistance and takes stains well. It is a hard, strong material, but it does not endure like some hardwoods do. Beech polishes well. It is used in general purpose fabrications as well as in furniture, toys, and floors.

Beech wood is an excellent firewood, easily split and burning for many hours with bright but calm flames. Chips of beech wood are used in the brewing of Budweiser beer as a fining agent. Beech logs are burned to dry the malts used in some German smoked beers, giving the beers their typical flavor. Beech is also used to smoke some cheeses.

Some drums are made from beech, which has a tone generally considered to be between maple and birch, the two most popular drum woods.


Pine is a softwood that grows in many varieties in various parts of the world. In the States, Eastern White Pine, Ponderosa Pine, and Sugar Pine are some of the types used to make furniture. Pine's "knotty" characteristics provide warmth and individuality to each crafted piece. Usually light-yellow in color, the wood has a broadly spaced striation pattern. It is ideal for children's rooms, family rooms, beach cottages and anywhere you'd like an airier, lighter feel. Its natural grain and shades ensure that no piece is exactly alike. Excellent for staining.

SONOKELING Dalbergia latifolia

Similar to ebony in hardness, sonokeling has an excellent grain for carving. It is chocolate in color, sometimes with lighter colored stripes. It is an expensive wood, because the tree needs to be about 200 years old to produce a good large log. This is one of the reasons why carvings in this wood are rather rare. Native to India, sonokeling is called black rosewood in English. The Indonesian Department of Forestry has encouraged the planting of sonokeling trees in Java and in Bali.

BELALU Albizia falcata

Native from India to the Philippines, belalu has a low density and is quite soft. White in color, and depending on local conditions, brown at the heart, the grain is not straight, making it unsuitable for carvings that have delicate detail. Belalu is usually used for painted souvenir wood carvings that do not require much work. However, the root area can be interesting in texture and color and, of course, much more dense and hard.

CAPAKA Michelia champaca

A member of the magnolia family, capaka wood is of medium hardness and very durable. It's white to yellow fragrant flowers are used in Balinese offerings and bloom all year. The wood is tan to white and somewhat striped. A bitter alkaloid in its tissues makes the wood insect resistant. A native of India, it can be found throughout Southeast Asia.

CHINABERRY Melia azedarach

As a coarsely textured, medium density hardwood, this wood is generally used for painted or partially painted statues. However, when properly finished, this wood can be quite smooth and beautiful to look at with its visible grain and irregularities of pattern. The bare wood is tan to yellow in color. The chinaberry tree (as well as mango) are often attacked by tropical mistletoe which causes a gall formation. After the mistletoe dies away and rots off, it leaves a perfect attachment imprint on the host stem, which look like a fungus. This intricately sculpted impression is called a wood rose. The nearby wood is darkened, sometimes with a reddish hue, creating interesting contrasts in color. Wood roses are carved into many kinds of figures, animal, human and even Gods. Each carving is unique and exactly like none other.

CROCODILE OR SATIN WOOD Zanthoxylum rhetsa

The Indonesian name, panggal buaya, literally translates to crocodile teeth, referring to the knobby, tooth- shaped protrusions which cover the trunk. Native to lowlands from India to the Philippines, crocodile wood is usually white in color, some pieces have narrow, dark stripes. The heart is sometimes purple. The grain is straight and easy to carve and the wood is of medium hardness. Older trees produce darker wood than younger ones and the higher up in the tree, the lighter the color. A narrow-trunked tree, the wood is well suited to the elongated impressionist style of carving, popular in Bali since the 1930's. Crocodile wood is often called the Ivory of Woods because of its similar color and smooth finish.

EBONY Diospyros celebica - NOT AVAILABLE

A very dense wood, heavier than water, ebony is a wood that can be highly polished. It is imported from Sulawesi (Celebes) and Kalimantan (Borneo). Only wood from very old trees or the heartwood is black or very dark. Usually it is black with reddish to brown stripes that run parallel to the grain. Sometimes the sapwood is actually white. It is always carved when wet (before it dries out) in order to be malleable for the chisel. Its hardness and straight grain make it ideal for the carver. Usually, the finishing is done with a black wax to make the wood look darker, but the natural color is very beautiful. One unusual quality of ebony is that if it cracks before it is dry, the crack will quite often close up again, leaving no trace of any flaw.

FRANGIPANI Plumeria acuminata

Evidence has it that frangipani, a native of Mexico, was brought to the old world by the Spanish. Jepun bali, as it is known in Bali, has been in Indonesia since at least the 17th century and grows all over tropical Asia. It is treasured for its medicinal value as well as its beautiful, fragrant flower. Carvers of free-form statues love this wood because of its contorted shape. A strong and hard, the wood is white to yellow or tan in color.

GEGIRANG Leea angulata

Gegirang is more of a shrub than a tree. A hardwood, it is left outside to weather and resembles driftwood. It is the favorite wood for carvers who semi-conceal figures in the wood, giving their work a combination of rough, natural texture and smooth carving. The sapwood is white and the heartwood is tan. The root has an attractive maroon color. The plant is indigenous to Southeast Asia from Sumatra to the Philippines.

GREY HIBISCUS Hibiscus tiliaceus

Known as waru in Indonesian, grey hibiscus is of the same genus as that of the flowering shrub, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, but of a different species. Although commonly called grey hibiscus, this is really not correct. The sapwood is white to light gray and is sometimes mistaken for crocodile wood. The heartwood is dark gray and sometimes almost black. When the wood is quarter-cut, the resulting statue will have a pleasing combination of the light and dark colors. Grey hibiscus can be well-sanded and will polish well with natural or brown shoe polish. However, shoe polish will darken the color somewhat. Some of the trees have knobby lower trunks which, when emphasized in the finished product, create an unusual one-of- a-kind carving.

JACKFRUIT Artocarpus heterophylla

Called Ketewel in Balinese and Nangka in Indonesian, jackfruit is a hard, strong, durable wood used for carving, musical instruments (drums, and metallophone stands) and carpentry. It's grain is deeply interlocked and resists cracking. Lemon yellow in color, it darkens to a light brown with age. It is grown as a shade tree and for its fruit, which is served both sweet and spicy.

MAGNOLIA Manglietia glauca

Known as kepelan in Indonesia, this wood is used for making furniture and carved panels and never for statues. The wood is hard, but chips easily, making it difficult to carve. Tan to brown in color, the finishing is usually done with a brown stain. The incredibly intricate panels are carved in deep relief, from 1 to 5 inches in depth. The usual themes are from nature and the Ramayana story.

SEA HIBISCUS Thespesia populnea

Sometimes called brown hibiscus (waru lot in Indonesian), sea hibiscus is not a member of the hibiscus genus or species even though the tree resembles grey hibiscus. The sapwood is white to cream and the heartwood is reddish brown. The brown predominates in trees over 20 inches in diameter. Sea hibiscus can be highly polished and is usually finished with brown shoe polish.

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