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Maintaining the Quality of Laban Wood for Furniture Raw Materials

Kistang - Kalapapa or often also called Laban wood is one of the abundant woods in Indonesia. This wood, which is often used as a firebreak, seems to have tremendous potential as a raw material for furniture. How come? The various aspects of this wood are idealized in the woodworking industry. In general, this wood has excellent durability and strength.

Maintaining the Quality of Laban Wood for Furniture Raw Materials
Maintaining the Quality of Laban Wood for Furniture Raw Materials


Indonesia's biological wealth occupies the top ranks of the biological wealth of countries in the world. Together with Brazil and Madagascar, Indonesia has tremendous biodiversity along the islands in its territory.

Unfortunately, many natural resources have not been processed optimally. The causes are many. Apart from being constrained by qualified equipment, awareness about the use of natural resources is also still limited. Sometimes, even when used, it tends to be exploitative or very destructive to nature.

One example of Indonesia's natural wealth that is often overlooked is laban wood. Laban or Kalapapa is a type of wood found in Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Papua.

There are many benefits of profit in society. The bark of this species is often used as a raw material for making tea. The resulting tea is also considered to have certain medical benefits (although it still requires further research). In addition, halban wood leaves are also often used for stomach pain medicine.

What about the use of laban in the wood processing industry or woodworking? In general, it can be said that this wood has very good potential to be processed in the industry.

Due to its potential, Laban has begun to be widely used as an alternative to teak wood. The wood, which is widely available in Sumatra to Papua, can be used for construction of building materials, furniture, and crafts. In addition, laban or halban is also the dominant material in making tambourines.

To get to know this wood better, let's take a quick look at some facts and characteristics related to laban.