What type of wood are our tables made from?
What Makes Shorea so Valuable?
Shorea is a tropical hardwood found and developed in South East Asia. lt prospers most commonly in Indonesia but can also be seen in Malaysia” the Philippines and certain parts of Northern India. The wood is a tremendously popular export it Is very durable and strong. A member of the Dipterocarpaceae family. Shorea hosts a quite astounding number of species in its genus. Over 180 have been discovered and that’s discounting the Shorea types which aren’t suitable for timber production. There are currently around 360 known species of Shorea descent, including all wild sections. and this is growing still. The biggest attribute of Shorea is undoubtedly the strength of the timber. It’s renowned for its excellent resistance to every day wear and tear. Shorea is extremely durable and tightly grained to produce a desirable density. The formidable strength of Shorea puts it in good stead as the leading hardwood in the construction industry. This is certainly helped by the fact that it remains unaffected by all variations in weather. A resistance to damp conditions makes Shorea extremely competent at combating insect attacks and decay. While the timber isn’t completely free of the effects associated with excessive exposure to dampness, it certainty outlasts its nearest rivals. For example, certain Shorea extracts have been obtained underground from European land after a century of being buried, and even after that lengthy exposure to the elements. Shorea has displayed no sign of decay. Due to the impressive strength of the timber, Shorea is classified as a Group A heavy hardwood. There are sparse few timbers which can lay claim to being as downright tough as the tropical hardwood. and Shorea is thus the leading hardwood in the veneering industry. A very fine and even texture is the trademark of Shorea timber. and it usually comes in a light red colour but this typically depends on the specific group of the wood. The exceptional density of the timber can sometimes lead to more visible cracking but in general the wood is so strong that this is a rarity in itself.
Where does our Shorea wood come from?
Our Shorea wood is sourced from the sustainable plantations of Selangor Darul Ehsan in Malaysia. This origin of manufacturers have a strict policy and quality control on their products and produce only the best in hardwood furniture, all our tables are FSC certified.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit organisation founded in 1993 to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. The FSC trademark on a product indicates that the wood used in its construction comes from a source that has been certified by the FSC as meeting these standards.
Caring for Shorea wood
Shorea is a natural product which can vary in colour from light to dark brown. When left outdoors any colour variations will gradually even out. Leaving your furniture to weather naturally means that it will gradually develop a silver-grey patina and will blend beautifully into its surroundings. One of the attractions of Shorea timber outdoor furniture is that there is very little maintenance required. We suggest washing the furniture annually, preferably in the spring, using soapy water to remove any build up of dirt. Hose pipes, at normal water pressure, can be used but please avoid high pressure water as this could affect joints and open up the structure of the wood.
Shorea is a natural material and surface cracks can appear in the wood, particularly on heavier components and the end grain. This is perfectly natural and will not affect the strength or durability of the furniture. These cracks are due to changes in the moisture content of the wood and will fluctuate with the seasonal variations in relative humidity and ambient temperature levels.
Will Shorea maintain its colour?
Left untreated and exposed to the elements, Shorea will weather to a beautiful silver grey patina and darken slightly if kept indoors. Should you wish to maintain its colour, we would recommend applying sealer, which will help your Shorea furniture maintain its colour for a much longer period.
We recommend that chairs and tables with moving parts be over-wintered in a shed or garage. Should this not be possible, we suggest covering them during the winter months.
Fixed tables and chairs can be left uncovered throughout the winter to weather naturally. If desired they can be covered in order to slow down the weathering process. When using covers it is important to choose a fabric that is breathable and will allow air to circulate beneath it. Lack of air circulation can lead to a build up of condensation between the cover and the surface of the wood. This may cause mildew or other fungal blooms to develop.
We recommend that all moving parts are checked for tightness at regular intervals. The process of folding and unfolding chairs for example can, over a period of time, loosen fittings.
Using your gas burner safely
We recommend using the glass screen kit that comes with your burner at all times, keep away from children and allow burner to cool before removing from your table ensuring the gas is also disconnected.
Gas fire burners
Our gas burners are of the highest quality imported from Europe made from high quality stainless steel and come with decorative logs and protective glass for that finishing touch, we have two types of burners one is a square burner 39 cm x 39 cm the other is the rectangular version which is 69 cm x 32 cm, they come with correct fittings for UK or cyprus gas bottles, they can be used worldwide on LPG gas, they also come with a stainless lid to close when not in use, these are removable for storage and also to swap over for the ice drinks chiller.
Ice Drinks chillers
Our drinks chillers are made from high quality stainless steel these come in 2 sizes the same as the gas burners making your table universal to transform how you like, these come with the stainless steel lid and their own housing to fit your unique table, there is also a led lighting option with these drinks chillers should you require that please add the led light in our shop this is a nice finishing touch to the product.