All About Jackfruit Wood or Jackwood

Jackfruit Wood, also known as Jackwood, is a type of wood that is widely known in India but less familiar to many in Indonesia. The wood comes from the Jackfruit tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus), which is a species of tree belonging to the Moraceae family, which also includes figs, mulberries, and breadfruits. The origin of the Jackfruit tree can be traced back to the region between the Western Ghats in southern India and the rainforests of Malaysia.

Jackfruit wood or Jackwood block - Kaliuda Gallery Bali

Jackfruit wood | Source: Google

Advantages and disadvantages of Jackfruit Wood

As one of the material that is used for making furniture. Let’s see the advantages and disadvantages of Jackfruit Wood below.

Strength of Jackfruit Wood
Compact & Even Grained
Easy to work with
Aesthetic Appeal
Resistant to termite attack
Disadvantages of Jackfruit Wood
Not as strong as teak


Strength of Jackfruit Wood

  • Compact & Even Grained 

Jackwood is compact, finely grained, and easy to work with. It is found in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra. It is even-grained which gives it a good finish. 

  • Easy to work with

It can be easily carved and designed to create furniture and other articles.

  • Aesthetic Appeal

The beauty of the wood makes it a popular choice for making musical instruments and aesthetically appealing objects.

  • Resistant to termite attack

The timber is classified as medium hardwood; it is resistant to termite attack, fungal and bacterial decay, easy to season, and takes polish beautifully. 

Disadvantages of Jackfruit Wood

  • Not as strong as teak 

Thus, though not as strong as teak, jackfruit wood is considered superior to teak for furniture, construction, turnery, masts, oars, implements, and musical instruments. The wood is widely used in Sri Lanka and India and is exported to Europe.

Jackfruit wood table - Kaliuda Gallery Bali

Jackfruit wood table | Source: Google

The golden yellow timber with good grain is used for building furniture and house construction in India. It is termite-proof and is superior to teak for building furniture. The wood of the jackfruit tree is important in Sri Lanka and is exported to Europe. Jackfruit wood is widely used in the manufacture of furniture, doors, and windows, roof construction, and fish sauce barrels. The wood of the tree is used for the production of musical instruments. In Indonesia, hardwood from the trunk is carved out to form the barrels of drums used in the gamelan. Roots of older trees are highly prized for carving and picture-framing. In conclusion, jackfruit wood can also be one of your choices for making custom furniture in Kaliuda Gallery. You can also check our “8 Types of Wood and Their Characteristics” to find out more about other types of wood. 

3 thoughts on “All About Jackfruit Wood or Jackwood”

  1. I want to buy some jackfruit wood for making a dinner table.How much would it cost for the wood, and shipping to America?

    1. Hello, Karen Sosa. Thank you for your comment.
      For prices and shipping, please send more details about:
      – The size of the wood you want (length x width x thickness)
      Seaport closest to your location in America
      You can send this information via email at [email protected]
      Thank you. Have a nice day!

      Best regards,
      Kaliuda Bali

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