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What is Belian Wood

BELIAN WOOD

Belian is the standard local name in Malaysia for the Botanical Tree called EUSIDEROXYLON ZWAGERI and it’s also commonly known as the Ironwood of Borneo. This heavy hardwood comes from the family of LUARACEAE and the distribution of it occurs in Sabah and Sarawak throughout the lowlands particularly on low-lying alluvial areas.

Belian trees may reach a height of 100ft with trunk diameters of exploitable trees up to 36” (90cm). This durable sinker wood seasons slowly becoming black with age and according to the book “The Prehistory of Sabah” by Tom & Barbara Harrison, it is said that “in the open, in this climate(tropical), only the hardest wood, such as belian, lasts more than a century, never two.” The hardwood is rated as very durable with a service life of 50-100 years in ground contact being reported immune to termite attacks. A service life of 20 years and more for marine work in tropical waters is reported. Belian is normally used for heavy construction, marine work, boatbuilding, piling, printing blocks, specialty furniture, industrial flooring, roofing shingles and tool handles. This wood has a tendency for checking and splitting but with due care, this problem may be rectified easily.

The general characteristics for belian may be described as having heartwood that is light brown to almost bright yellow in color when freshly cut, darkens on exposure to a deep reddish brown or very dark brown or almost black. The sapwood is bright yellow in color and it also darkens on exposure, sharply defined. The texture is find and even, grain is straight or only slightly interlocked somewhat lustrous and it has a lemon-like odor that persists with no marked taste.

A closer look at it from the microscopic view would see that vessels are medium sized and generally evenly distributed. While mostly solitary, some are in groups of 2-3 with a slight tendency to arrange in oblique lines. Tyloses are abundant. The wood parenchyma is moderately abundant with paratracheal parenchyma predominating, vasicentric to aliform and confluent. An occasional narrow band of apotracheal terminal parenchyma occurs and finally, the rays are fine.

Pieces of recycled Belian Wood aiming for the Green Label (i.e.) International Trademark For Conservation is created out of love for the Environment and Human Life. Saving the resources that is going to be depleted and that will take lots of time to replace.

Educating the public on conservation and telling them about the beautiful and quality things that can be created from manufacturing old shingles, houses, staircases etc. picking up wood/driftwood that is carved by nature will come naturally.

Indeed there are one hundred and one thing that one can do to conserve the nature. It was given to us centuries ago and it seems to wither with time. Save our Rainforest. You will see and feel a whole lot of difference in a land full of greens.

The outcome is a 90-95% local inputs in terms of raw materials, labor and certainly will qualifies as made in Sarawak products.

Belian PESUT (Dolphins)

Sarawak's very own Irrawaddy Dolphins known locally as "Pesut", this rare mammals can be spotted in close proximity around the Santubong waters.

Carved from a piece of discarded wooden belian shingle from a construction site in Kuching, Sarawak, this belian wood originally located at Balai Ringin between Serian and Sri Aman, home for a lot of belian trees.

Heart, tree, hornbill, cross and all the other belian made products not mentioned are carved from shingles found in the same location as Belian PESUT.