It's a hardwood genus - family of species also known as Meranti. It
is used in types of plywood made to poor standards and sold cheaply
in the U.S. and originates from the rainforests of Thailand,
Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia.
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well better that (i.e. being used) than borneos 'accidental' forest
fires that can be seen from space, alongside the concommital reduction
in native primate populations plummeting. Of course the unforunate
thing is they slash these forests just to plants non sustainable crops
e.g. sugar beet that will only grow for several seasons before the
ground is worthless to get a quick buck. Hopefully before it is too
late a proper regime will be enforced where any felling must be
accompanied by appropriate reforestation.
Their thick, grey, cardboardy stuff was much used by macrame artists in the
60s and 70s for work boards, as it's stiff, sturdy, cheapish, and takes
T-pins easily. We bought 8'x4' sheets of it, cut them into suitable sizes,
packaged them with T-pins, and sold them at a tidy profit!
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