From the elevator shafts of the Copper King Mine established in 1881 in Yavapai, AZ, The Lumber Baron is proud to announce the arrival of 6×8 old growth Kapur timbers. In search of dense, hardwood to support the weight of the mine shafts, theses early miners trusted their lives to the ancient Kapur trees that came out of the tropical lowland rain forests of Malaysia and Indonesia. Ranging in color from light orange and yellow, to rich red and purplish browns, old growth Kapur has long been prized for durability, density, and beauty.
Kapur often displays striking figure making it ideal for furniture and cabinetry, exquisite flooring or wall paneling or as a standalone statement mantel piece. The timber is also highly prized for external joinery, in particular for doors, window sills, and decks. Kapur lumber requires no finishing and will not rot when left outdoors where rain and sun would damage other lesser quality woods. Left untreated, Kapur will weather to a soft warm shade of gray similar to the way teak weathers. When freshly cut, the timber releases a camphor, cinnamon-like odor.
Kapur’s working properties are fairly easy with a moderately hardness rating. The lumber machines well, and has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges caused by the presence of silica in the timber. Planing is easy. Pre-drilling is recommended when nailing near the ends, but otherwise the timber takes screws well. Stains and paint also take well.
The availability of this Kapor is limited, perhaps because the international trend towards sourcing timber from old growth rain forests has rightfully become unpopular in recent years. However, The Lumber Baron is proud to offer you this reclaimed, guilt free source.