Scientific Name: Shorea spp.
Location: South East Asia
Dried Weight: 53lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,560lbf
Crushing Strength: 10,000lbf /in2


Balau’s color is highly variable from pale straw to a darker reddish brown. It has a coarse texture with the grain being sometimes interlocked. Balau is non-durable to decay. It is not an easy wood to work with because of its high density and blunting effect on tools. Even though it’s hard to work with, Balau still glues, stains, and finishes well.