Botanical Name: Intsia bijuga
Merbau, Ipil, Kwila
Kwila is a large hardwood native to South-East Asia from
the Malaysian mainland through the islands to New Guinea
and as far east as Fiji and the Solomon Islands with some
occurrence in northern Australia.
Under its various names the timber is widely available in
Australia and is highly regarded for a broad range of applications.
Although very dense the timber work fairly well, dresses
and turns to a smooth surface however the rather greasy
characteristic of the wood tends to clog saws and planer
blades easily. The heartwood is orange-brown to brown or
dark red-brown while the sapwood is usually pale yellow
and very easy to distinguish.