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INFORMATION & CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Ø What is Samanes saman:

Samanea saman is a medium-sized or large tree of potentially great size, often reaching 25-30 m tall, occasionally 45 m, with a short stout bole to 2-3 m dbh and a wide, low, spreading crown, often twice as wide as the tree is high. It is a stately tree, with heavy, nearly horizontal branches and an umbrella-shaped crown. One notable old S. saman tree near Government House in Trinidad was recorded to shade approximately a hectare, and reach 50 m in height, a stem 2.6 m in diameter, with a crown diameter of 60 m (Allen and Allen, 1981; Raintree, 1987). The bark is grey-brown, rough and furrowed into ridges. A full botanical description is provided by Barneby and Grimes (1996). Leaves are large, 6-25 mm long x 3-8 cm wide, bipinnate, with 3-6 pairs of pinnae per leaf, 6-9 pairs of leaflets per pinna and large leaflets, 24-62 mm long x 10-25 mm wide. Leaflets are unequal in size, becoming larger towards the distal end of the pinnae. The new growth and leaf rachis are covered in short, velvety, tawny pubescence. The leaflets are rhombic-oblong or elliptic in shape, unequal at the base, dark olive-green, glabrous and slightly glossy above, dull grey-green and hairy below. The flowers are arranged in loose umbelliform heads, which develop in groups of 2-5 in the axils of leaves on actively growing shoots. The terminal or central flower on each head is sessile and enlarged compared to the peripheral flowers. The exposed and conspicuous stamen filaments are bright or pale pink and showy. The fruits are broadly linear, compressed pods, 10-22 cm long x 1.5-2.2 cm wide x 0.5-1 cm thick. They are green and fleshy when unripe, and turn dark blackish-brown when ripe. The thick mesocarp is filled with dry pitch-like, sweet, nutritious pulp. The pods are indehiscent and contain 5-10 mature seeds, 8-11.5 mm long x 5-7.5 mm wide.

Each wooden plank is properly selected before being turned into a beautiful piece of art individually handcrafted from solid wood with exceptional craftsmanship.

It takes 3-5 days for a group of 5 people to produce this wonderful piece of furniture. To take out the moisture trapped inside the wood, each of them is properly kiln-dried using high temperature. Finally hand polished to achieve a natural and exquisite finish.

Ø Care instructions

As the surface has a natural wax finish, great care should be taken to avoid any liquids being spilt onto the surface as this may mark the furniture. Any spills should be wiped away immediately using a dry cloth.

For the care of your furniture:

– Never use harsh cleaners, abrasives or dripping wet towels;

– Wipe wood regularly with a damp cloth in a straight manner in the direction of the grain.

– If necessary and to achieve a premium surface, the surface of the wood can be treated with any colourless, natural wood wax (natural beeswax polish available from any hardware store), which should be done regularly (every 8-10 weeks) to maintain protective care. Do this using a dry cloth and buff up ensuring any excess wax is removed.

– Always use protective coasters or mats. Do not place cups, glasses or hot items directly onto the surface as this can cause permanent damaged.

– Avoid exposing the furniture to excessive heat or direct sunlight as this can cause cracking and discolouration of the timber.

– Do not use silicone-based aerosol polish, as this will remove the natural wax.

– Some movement of the wood is natural and should be expected. Any irregularities and differentiation of colour are part of the natural occurrence and are not considered defects – wood breathes and moves and is totally natural.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

THE FINAL FINISHING PROCESS INVOLVES A COLOUR STAIN AND LACQUER BEING APPLIED, FOLLOWED BY SEVERAL COATS OF NATURAL WAX TO ENHANCE THE WOOD GRAIN. YOU MAY FIND THAT PARTS OF THE PACKAGING LEAVE IMPRESSIONS IN THE SOFT WAX. THESE CAN SIMPLY BE POLISHED OUT WITH A SOFT CLOTH ONCE YOUR FURNITURE HAS WARMED TO ROOM TEMPERATURE.

Characteristics of natural wood

You may find differences in wood grain appearance, this is a natural effect created during the maturing process. As the tree grows, older sections in the tree develop thicket, clearer grain patterns. Your furniture may be made from several cuttings of the same tree, creating the contrast of markings.

Shows a section of sapwood common in most timbers which you may find randomly throughout your furniture. Saman and random pigmentation are a common marking in real wood and not to be seen as a defect.

Unique: is the most common of markings and is the fingerprint of natural wood. These vary in size and occur frequently in natural wood products. This is why every piece of our furniture is unique, no two pieces will be quite the same, unlike mass produced veneered or foil laminated furniture.

Special marks: are also a distinguishing feature of handmade furniture. These will appear irregularly wherever the craftsmen require additional bonding and support. You will notice this is also a common characteristic in unique furniture.

– Some movement of the wood is natural and should be expected. Any irregularities and differentiation of colour are part of the natural occurrence and are not considered defects – wood breathes and moves and is totally natural.

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