Acacia trees are not hard to find in the Philippines. You see them standing along the roads and on uncultivated land. The wood of the acacia is a non-indigenous hardwood. Beautiful, with a broad colour spectrum of warm to light segments. It is sustainable: it grows fast (the trees reach their full height in sixteen years) and for every tree that is cut down another one is planted. Planting the trees is regarded as an investment which yields a profit after a number of years when the wood is sold. The chopping of the trees, the trading and the processing is controlled by the government by means of certification. In some parts of the city permits to cut down trees are not granted.
Gmelina is a fast growing tree which is not indigenous to the Philippines. The wood has a pale yellow colour and has a relatively soft texture. The rather light wood is very strong, compared to its weight. Because of its weight and sustainable character it is perfectly suitable for furniture, instruments and for use in construction. The planting, chopping and processing of the trees is certified and controlled by the government.
All wooden table accessories are finished with a food-safe varnish. The products can be hand washed in lukewarm soapy water, but they are not dishwasher safe. Do not let them soak in water. If the varnish is worn off, we recommend wiping the product with a cloth dipped in some walnut or salad oil. To prevent dehydration never expose the wood to direct sunlight or store near heating units. This can cause warping or breakage of the wood. The wooden planks are hard enough to serve as a chopping board and soft enough to keep the knife sharp. Scratches caused by knives are unavoidable, though.
For wooden candle holders the safety advice for the burning of candles applies:
Wooden products contain natural colouring agents such as tannin. Watch out with porous surfaces in your bathroom when using wooden bathroom accessories:
Maintenance advice: keep the surface on which the soap holder, the toothbrush holder, the bath tray etc. stands dry.