Precious Wood

We only use the most precious solid hardwood.


 

Zitan, Shitan (Palisander, Brasilian Rosewood)
Pterocarpus santalinus

Zitan is highly valued by all classical cabinet-makers in the East as well as in the West as the finest cabinet wood. Precious furniture pieces made of Zitan were imported from China by the noble houses in Japan as early as before the middle of the eighth century. The colour of Zitan varies from reddish-brown to purplish-black, and the grains and textures are unique in each and every piece, seeming as if they had been painted by the hands of an artist as pure as nature itself. When old, the pieces are as black as lacquer, and the grains become smooth; invisible. Zitan is the hardest and heaviest of all hardwoods, and without a doubt, the most beautiful.
Because this wood is so precious, it has been used only for the finest of works, and all collectors’ furniture items made of Zitan are held in great esteem.

Zitan wood comes mostly from Indochina and sometimes from some southern Chinese provinces. Zitan is also found in South America and is known under the name Brazilian Rosewood.
Brasilian Rosewood is so precious its timber is sold by weight rather than by volume.

 
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Huali (Indian Rosewood, Red Sandalwood)
 
Pterocarpus indicus

Since the days of the Sung dynasty, most of the best classic furniture in the East was made of Huali. The name Indian Rosewood is derived from the simple fact that the trees are grown in India, but they come mainly from Vietnam and Cambodia.

Connoisseurs appreciate Huali because its looks are interesting, but subdued and not too distinguished. This wood is very hard, and is usually of a reddish, sometimes brownish yellow or amber colour. The grains are very varied.
When the trees grow on a mountain slope, they do so remarkably slowly, giving the wood a golden shimmer which, in the right light, causes it to produce an extraordinary metallic glow of beauty.

Huali is sometimes called musk-wood, because of its musk-like fragrance.

 

Honeywood
 
Sindora cochinchinensis

Though not widely known in the world, Honeywood is probably the most beloved cabinet wood in Vietnam. All noble households in Vietnam would afford at least a central piece made of this velvety, heavy wood, which turns black and shiny as it ages. It is mentioned in almost all classic literature works and is a symbol of an established household, of wealth, stability and lasting quality.

Honeywood is yellowish-brown, with black, uneven grains.

Our Honeywood furniture comes in two variations:
The natural finish: the surface is yellowish-brown, the grains are visible. Gradually, it turns dark with usage and time.
The limed finish: liming wood is a method to urge the wood to age faster. The surface is very dark brown, velvety smooth, and the more you use it, the shinier it turns with time.

 
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 Pyrinka
 
Xylia dolabriformis

This wood, which is grown mainly in Southeast Asia, is so hard that it was used in ancient times to make wheel hubs. Its Vietnamese name, cam xe, actually means wheel hub.
Its intrinsic strength and durability even in the coarse outdoor conditions make this wood truly precious.

It is yellowish brown, with dark grains. It is loved by those who prefer the rough, original looks to the refined ones.

Like Honeywood, Pyrinka is sometimes limed to help it obtain the black, shiny colour of aged wood.

 

WOOD TREATMENT & CARE

We only use the most precious solid hardwood.

The wood we use is well seasoned and dried. It is not treated with chemicals - no preservatives, no colouring, no stains are used. We apply only natural shellac (the secretion of a scale insect); and finish the wood with wax. Sometimes we use natural lime to make honeywood or pyrinka age faster, to give it a dark-brown colour. The wood is, in its own way, alive. It breathes, ages, changes with time and usage. The longer the furniture piece lives in your home, the more beautiful it becomes.

Please do not expose your furniture pieces to direct sunlight, extreme humidity or dryness. An environment that is good and healthy for human beings, is also good for wood. The ideal temperature is between 15 – 30 degrees C, the humidity 60 – 80%.

Any commercial furniture care product you find in your department store is good for the weekly wiping of your furniture. Avoid putting drinks on the tabletop without a coaster. If you do and the glasse leaves a pale ring on the wood, apply plenty of cooking oil on it and leave the oil overnight. Wipe it next day. The ring will go away.

In a proper environment and with proper care, your furniture piece will last for centuries. All our furniture items are finely crafted, and they are lasting enough to be the most valued collector’s item.