Mango Wood Information
Mango wood nest of tables available from www.nestsandcubes.co.uk
Mango Wood is native to southern Asia, especially eastern India, Burma, and the Andaman Islands, the mango has been cultivated, praised and even revered in its homeland since Ancient times.
Mango Wood comes from the same kind of tree as the popular tropical fruit. It is widespread around South East Asia - including Thailand - with the widest variety of species found in Malaysia. Mango trees can reach a height of up to 80-100 ft with a trunk diameter of around 3 to 4 ft. Mango wood comes from the same trees that produce the popular tropical mango fruit.
When a mango tree reaches 20 to 30 years of age the fruits are no longer suitable for commercial use. These older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that sustains the mango forests and provides indefinite fruit and employment for the mango growers and a continual supply of the very best wood for the craftsmen that produce mango wood products. Responsible management of this valuable resource is good for the environment, good for the economy and maintains valuable green space.
Mango wood has been used for making furniture, like the nest of tables available from www.nestsandcubes.co.uk but it's a slow-growing wood so it's not harvested often. It dries and cuts interestingly . . . as shown in the nest of 2 mango wood tables from Nests And Cubes The grain can be straight or have a lot of 'figure.'
Wood from the base of the tree or where the branches originate will have a lot more figure and interesting grain patterns as seen on this long john nest of 3 tables in light coloured mango wood Mango wood is a light yellow, sometimes with orange or green streaks. When stored, it can develop "spalting," interesting dark threads caused by a fungus. "It's a light wood, and it contrasts nicely with lots of colours in it.
Our customers often add to oak wood collections, the darker stained mango wood The wood at the centre of the tree - the heartwood - can be pinkish, light or dark brown, or golden with occasional dark streaks running through it. It has a relatively coarse interlocking grain and is fairly easy to work with, particularly when finishing and polishing. The heartwood is vulnerable to fungal attack, so all of our products made with this material are treated to eliminate this problem. It also withstands kiln drying very well, making it a fairly quick process to produce a workable piece of wood from a 'green' log.
The use of mango wood as a raw material in the production furniture gained popularity fairly recently as a result of two factors. Firstly, the depletion of natural teak stocks in Thailand gave rise to a need for a suitable alternative. Although softer than teak, mango wood was found to be easily carved and painted (or otherwise treated), as well as being attractive in its own right. Follow the link to view all the mango wood furniture available on www.nestsandcubes.co.uk
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