As with all timber products, organic characteristics will be present in our wood items, including:
As a tree grows, the trunk begins to outgrow its branches which leads to the formation of an imperfection in the tree trunk known as a knot. Knots signify where a branch once grew and are often characterised by lumps, circular holes or organic defects in the trunk.
Holes may form when various types of beetles lay their eggs in the bark or wood of a tree. There are four stages of their life cycle, e.g. egg, larva, pupae and adult beetle. At the larva stage, the beetle does most of the boring and eating of the wood, creating small textured holes. The exit holes are usually made by the escaping adult beetle.
Gum Pockets are small, soft patches or openings found within the timber that fill with the tree's natural gum over time.
When a tree has healed itself from damage, overgrowths and different textured characteristics can form, differing in appearance from product to product.
Dark spots and stains can form when a tree or timber offcuts have had prolonged exposure to water, causing iron oxide to react to the woods' natural tannins. These dark chemical stains can also develop when the wood is dried slowly. The longer the poor drying conditions exist, the deeper the chemical reaction can proceed into the wood, and the darker the stain becomes on the surface.
This chemical reaction occurs most prominently within our Munggur wood pieces due to the origin and the drying process, both at origin and during importation.