Indian Laurel

 Indian Laurel
 Common Name This wood is known by totally different names in different places and different languages. Some of them are asna; saj or saaj; Indian laurel; marutham (Tamil); matti (Kannada); ain (Marathi); taukkyan (Burma); sadar, matti or marda (India); asana (Sri Lanka); and casually crocodile bark because of the characteristic bark pattern.
Scientific Name Terminalia elliptica (syn. T. tomentosa)
Distribution The Indian laurel is principally native to southern and Southeast Asia in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is a distinguished part of both dry and moist deciduous forests in southern India up to 1000 m. Outside of its native range, it is cultivated in southern China
Tree Size This tree will grow up to a height of 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, with a trunk diameter of about 2-3 ft (.6-1 m).
Dried Weight ( average ) 54 lbs/ft3 (855 kg/m3).
Specific Gravity .73, .86
Janka Hardness 2,340 lbf (10,390 N)

In Theravada, this tree, the Indian Laurel is claimed to own been used because of the tree for achieving enlightenment, or Bodhi by the 20th Lord Buddha known as "Tissa - තිස්ස". However, in some textbooks, it's explicit that the neem tree is the Bodhi tree employed by Tissa Lord Buddha.

This tree is understood by many various names around many various places. This tree is native to southern and Southeast Asia in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, etc. Apart from this as a result of the tree is employed several|for several} functions and not just for this wood this tree is cultivated in many different places outside of its native vary, it's cultivated in southern China

A survey in India showed that a proportion of trees store water and there's a girth dependent increase within the frequency and quantity of water storage. The mechanism and ecophysiological significance of this water storage is not noted.

The Indian laurel is rated as moderately sturdy wood however has poor insect resistance.

Although this wood doesn't show severe reactions are quite uncommon, Indian Laurel has been reported to cause skin irritation. So all necessary precautions ought to be taken care of while operating with this wood.


Color and Appearance: The color of this wood varies from brownish to dark brown with dark to nearly black streaks. wood may be a light chromatic color, clearly demarcated from the heartwood. The bark is fire-resistant. The wood is slightly towards the coarser side but it is fairly easy to work with. It is fairly straight grained, dull to somewhat lustrous and without any smell or taste. The heartwood can vary from light brown with few markings to dark brown or brownish black and figured with darker streaks. The sapwood is reddish white and sharply differentiated. The heartwood is moderately durable and the sapwood is most probably likely to be susceptible to powder-post beetle attack.

Grain and Texture: The grain is usually straight or slightly interlocked or irregular. It can sometimes cause tear outs while working with this wood. It has a medium to coarse uniform texture together with a relatively low natural luster. Therefore correct techniques should be used to impart a pretty smooth lustrous finish.

Workability: This wood is usually simple to figure with, though sections with interlocked or irregular grain are additional problematic and will cause tear outs. This wood turns fairly well and is used for several turned objects. This wood responds to stains and finishes very well.

Odor: This wood doesn't give off any characteristic odor while working with this wood.

Availability: This wood is widely offered within the business market within the sort of ornamental veneer. the costs are expected to be moderate for associate foreign hardwood. This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.

Common Uses: The Indian laurel is principally used for veneer, furniture, cabinetry, boatbuilding, turned objects, and alternative tiny specialty items. The wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, joinery, paneling, specialty items, boat-building, railroad cross-ties (treated), decorative veneers and for musical instruments (e.g. for guitar fretboard).

The leaves are used as food by Antheraea paphia (silkworms) which produce the tussar silk (Tussah), a form of commercially important wild silk. The bark is used medicinally against diarrhoea. Oxalic acid can be extracted from it. The bark and especially the fruit yield pyrogallol and catechol to dye and tan leather.

Water stored in the stem is often tapped and used as a source of potable water in the summer by forest folk. It is also thought to have curative value for stomach pain.

Frequently asked Questions


Firstly use a 50/50 ammonia and water combine on a rag to clean off any applied oils to the fretboard. With the assistance of a can of True Black and a box of disposable gloves and a small cloth. Check the fretboard with the dye and do not slop the stain around. A handful of coats with drying between can darken it. Ensure to shake the will of stain well to disperse the color totally

Get whatever fretboard oil to condition once the dye dries.


Slack and take away strings

Remove neck, if locked on

With steel wool, right away begin cleaning the soap in tight circles

Wipe clean with paper towels

Position the fretboard guard over every fret, cleaning the fret’s surface with abrasive material

Wipe each polished fret with a naptha-saturated towel

Apply a skinny strip of oil to the fretboard, add gently with a towel

With a microfiber fabric, buff the bejeezus out of the fretboard

Wipe every fret hard with a towel


With a rate of growth of 24 inches per annum, the Indian laurel has intense watering wants once it's recently planted.


A soft-coloured brown wood, laurel is an associate degree virtually identical substitute to the ever-popular rosewood fretboard. Laurel may be a wood usually sourced from India. It has a well-recognized style and feel to rosewood – one in all the very first and long fingerboard materials.