Nearly all of our furniture is made from solid Mango fruitwood (exceptions are the tops of our Radiator tables, the top of our Butchers Block and the curved tops of the armoires). It is a strong, dense hardwood and comes from sustainably grown fruit plantations. Grown principally as a “cash crop” for its tasty fruit, the trees are harvested for their timber at the end of useful lifespan. A perfect byproduct which can be used for numerous things including the manufacture of very strong furniture!
Does it actually need a finish?
In its raw state, the wood is supplied sanded and smooth and although incredibly tough it will benefit from some kind of sealing/protection. This will make keeping it clean and dust-free an easier task and eliminate the possibility of any dust staining light coloured clothes/bedding. It will also help prevent the wood from reacting too much to its new home due to temperature and moisture differences. We set out below some suggested finishes including ones where the warmth and beauty of the natural wood is retained.
What colour is Mango wood?
Mango wood is very varied in colour and grain and this is part of the charm of using fruitwood. Extremely versatile, it can be painted, oiled, varnished, stained, waxed, or even left raw. We have no control over the colours as they are not fully revealed until the furniture has been made and receives its final sanding process. But it does mean that customers can have something handmade from solid hardwood for a price that is nearer the cost of mass-produced furniture, often made from veneered particle board and plastics. The longevity of our pieces mean that they can be passed down from generation to generation, given a fresh look with perhaps a new coat of paint, or even sanded back to the wood to look like new again many, many years after purchasing!
See below for a random, but typical, selection of the sort of colours and grain that can be found on any of our products. Click to enlarge.