Merbau is an imported Hardwood. It is a high quality wood being very hard with straight grain. It also has a high mass and easels made from it are significantly heavier than Victorian Ash. You would purchase a Merbau easel for two reasons, either you prefer the colour or you want an easel that will resist damaged and marks in a high usage situation such as hire or classrooms. I am now making easels out of Merbau as an alternative to Victorian Ash. Price is the same as Victorian Ash.
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Merbau is imported and until June 2012 I have resisted stocking imported woods, however with Australian hardwoods, particularly Victorian Ash getting more expensive and reducing in quality, I saw no alternative but to source imported woods. Merbau is a very good wood to make easels out of, although it is heavy. Victorian Ash has a Janka hardness of 4.9 Merbau has a Janka Hardness of 9
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