Published on November 2, 2014
Bringing you gifts from the Heart of Nature. The Malaysian rainforest is over 130 million years old and houses many species of trees. Among these is the ironwood or Eusideroxylon Zwageri, a rare timber tree native to the Malay Archipelago and is known colloquially in English as Borneo ironwood, billian, or ulin. Renowned for its durability, the Borneon ironwood is one of the heaviest timbers in the world. The wood’s excellent resistance to bacterial, fungal, insect and marine borer lend it particular desirability in maritime structures, dock construction and ship building. Used extensively as wooden beams in the construction of colonial buildings, railway sleepers, power line poles and fencing, ironwood has found its way across the world.