|Conservatory furniture is
made from sustainably harvested and plantation grown raw materials to minimise
environmental impact. Fast growing Bamboo is used for its great strength
but its natural beauty is only maximised when in the hands of the most skilled
and experienced of craftspeople who specialise in cane conservatory furniture.
Water Hyacinth and Abaca are also used and give it a unique style. should
be stable and should not creak. Legs should be constructed from thick poles
for maximum support, with extra bracing added at the back of the legs. Sofa
frames and bases of swivel chairs which need additional support should have
wooden frames to which rattan poles are fixed with screws. Metal frames
wrapped with peeled cane are also frequently used. This yields a thin frame
which provides strong and decorative support.
The final finish is usually stained or laquered to bring out the natural wood tones. These finishes should feel smooth to the touch. This is meant for indoor use only as direct sunlight may cause dryness and cracking. Properly designed and constructed it is beautiful and can last a lifetime.
Most is made from Manau, one of the most popular species. It is the most expensive available and comes from the jungles of Indonesia and Malaysia. It has an attactive surface, is durable and flexible. It also has high water resistance and a tight tissue arrangement which prevents splitting. It is a creeping vine grown in South-East Asia. It's inherent strength and flexibility is well known. It is a renewable vine, so rainforests are not destroyed or unnecessarily exploited.The inner bark is split to expose the fibrous core of the centre. This is used to manufacture the main frame of the and by the use of steam can be formed into almost any shape. The inner bark, known as Lapping, is used to bind joints and for weaving backs and seats. In the hands of a craftsman, it is a superb material.