Amboyna Hardwood


Amboyna is a highly sought after timber, renowned for its light straw-coloured sapwood which contrasts with the heartwood, varying in colour from light yellow to golden-yellow to brick-red. Amboyna sourced from Cagayan in the Philippines is typically heavier and hardens to a blood-red hue when exposed to air and light. The figure of the wood is often mottled, fiddle back, ripple or curly due to the wavy, crossed and irregular grain. Flat sawn surfaces can have a stunning flame figure, while quarter sawn surfaces may show a ribbon figure. Amboyna has a moderately fine to moderately coarse texture and a glossy finish.

Amboyna is a highly versatile wood, with a range of uses including furniture, flooring, joinery and much more. Commonly known as Amboyna and scientifically as Pterocarpus indicus (Leguminosae), this timber is a great choice for any project.

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Also Called:
Philippines Or Solomons Padauk, Yaya Sa, Papua New Gwinea Rosewood, Narra; Red Narra, Sena, Yellow Narra (Usa), Angsena,

Durability Notes:
Amboyna wood is a very durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Amboyna is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Amboyna - dries fairly slowly but with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood; the red wood takes longer to season than the yellow. Amboyna is vary stable in use. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Amboyna has medium strength in all categories, with tolerable steam-bending properties. Amboyna works well with hand tools and is good for carving and turning; the dulling effect on cutters is only slight. Amboyna can be nailed and glues adequately and screwed easily; it stains and polishes well. Curiously enough, amboyna shavings are said to turn water fluorescent blue.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Veneer, Cabinetry, Flooring, Musical Instruments, Decorative objects.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Amboyna Wood

Is Amboyna a hardwood or a softwood? Amboyna is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Amboyna hardwood or softwood? - Amboyna is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Amboyna family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Amboyna? Amboyna can be described as dark brown, dark red, red

Is Amboyna good for outdoor use? or is Amboyna good for exterior use? Amboyna is most suited for exterior/external use. Amboyna can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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