The following woods have been selected based on sustainability, durability, strength, joining integrity, machining, and finishing.
Kiaat (African Teak) – Pterocarpus angolensis
Description: Kiaat is indigenous to South and Central Africa, durable & great resistance to insect attacks.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices
Blackwood – Acacia Melanoxylon
Description: Native to Tasmania and eastern Australia; also introduced to Africa, South America, and southern Asia
Sustainability: Australian Blackwood is considered an invasive species and a pest in some areas, Blackwood is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Hevea (Rubberwood) – Hevea brasiliensis
Description: This wood is also known as: Rubberwood or Plantation Hardwood.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Rubberwood lumber is typically taken from rubber plantations where the trees are tapped for latex, and harvested at the end of their useful life cycle—typically after about thirty years
Understanding Wood: Wood is a Natural Product
All wood is a product of nature. While each wood type grows best in specific conditions, nature provides differences which are critical to the growing soil and weather The beauty of real wood is created by the infinite variation of grain, texture, and colour. This is especially true of hardwood; hardwoods are particularly noted for their variety in graining. It is the nature of hardwoods to have mineral streaks (light brown, dark brown, to black areas in the wood) and great variation in graining.
Care and Maintenance
We manufacture furniture for Indoor and Outdoor use. There is a difference in the type of finish applied for each and also in the care and maintenance of each.
Indoor & Outdoor Furniture: Our furniture needs to be maintained once a week. Re-oiling will be necessary once a week to prevent checking, warping and bending. The furniture piece needs to be oiled on all sides so that it can absorb and expel moisture equally. We recommend using Burmese Yellow teak Oil or Woodoc Weatherproof Wax. Conditions will have their effect on grain patterns and colour.