Archive for January, 2013
Our teak furnishings are constructed for optimum strength and durability. They are superbly crafted of kiln-dried teak with pegged mortise and tenon machine joinery. We use only heavy-duty solid brass hardware for the most elegance and strength.
Our designs have properly spaced, generous back slats, raised seat heights and well-proportioned components. The chairs and benches have strong, distinctive lines and subtle contouring of the back and seat, which make the chairs very elegant and comfortable. Our teak dining tables have perfectly scaled, framed, slatted tops. They are well-suited for benches but look equally grand with a selection of dining chairs and carvers. All dining tables are predrilled with a parasol hole and space in the cross members for a metal parasol plate.
GardenFurniturePatio.com’s teak products are custom-made for us by a company in Indonesia call Wing Jati, using Grade A and B genuine teak wood harvested from government-monitored plantations. (Note: In the photo above, the umbrella is sold separately.)
Sorry my posts were scarce recently, faithful readers. I am based in Washington, D.C. Friends came to town for the inauguration; and I was busy with brunches, cocktail parties and dinners … not to mention watching the championship football games on Sunday. Hmmmm. That sounds like a lot of events you could enjoy outdoors with some pieces of my Western Red Cedar garden furniture!
Now is a great time to be buying outdoor furniture. You have time to assess the condition of your current collection of furniture, decide which pieces need replacing or select new pieces to enhance your garden, patio or poolside. Several items are offered at reduced prices. For example, my three-piece Adirondack Table Set is reduced by $19 or the two-piece Adirondack Tripod Set at $22 less. Or try a Western Red Cedar Love Seat, reduced by $35.
By the way, I’m posting the new prices on the Web site. It may take a few days, so please pardon the inconvenience.
Java has very large teak plantations that were first planted by the Dutch in the early 1800s. Today, teak plantations in Java Indonesia are capably managed by the government agency Perum Perhutani.
Perum Perhutani strictly regulates the number and size of trees harvested, as well as ensuring that the numbers of trees replanted are sufficient to maintain the health, productivity and viability of the teak forests for many generations. Teak cultivation and the harvesting of teak lumber are important industries in the economy of Indonesia. The plantations produce a high-value crop that is a valuable source of income to local workers.
The associated furniture and timber products industries also provide steady employment to thousands of local people. And, subsequently, sales of these products provide employment and income to craftsmen, shopkeepers, retail merchants and their employees, and online sellers … like me! Then, too, there are the producers of the hardware used to manufacture the furniture and the sellers of those products and … well, you get the idea!
The teak furniture sold on my Web site is made from environmentally friendly plantation teak in Jakarta, Indonesia. Teak wood is an extremely dense, course-grained hardwood found primarily in India, Burma, Thailand, Indochina and Java. Tectona grandis is the Latin name for teak, and jati is the Indonesian name for teak. Tectona grandis is not a timber from tropical rain forests; teak cannot grow in rain forests. It is a deciduous tree that grows particularly well in the dry, hilly terrain typical of plantation forests in Southeast Asia. Deciduous means that a part falls off at maturity and is typically used when speaking about trees or shrubs that shed their leaves and/or flowers seasonally.
Teak has been extensively planted for timber or as an ornamental within its natural range and in several regions of the world, including East and West Africa, Cuba and the Caribbean, and South America from Panama to Brazil.
Peter and Peggy Munro are proud to announce the creation and launch of their new website venture, http://www.GardenFurniturePatio.com. The website features high-quality garden and patio furniture made from excellent materials including Indonesian teak, Chinese oak, and Western Red Cedar, along with many other great pieces of furniture fit for any backyard, deck, patio, or garden. Peter Munro was trained as a carpenter, thus the products are being offered by someone who used to build furniture and can explain how it’s manufactured and answer any questions that customers might have.
Most of the furniture that the website sells is made of either Western Red Cedar or Indonesian teak, though other materials are also offered including Chinese oak, PVC Rattan, and some accent pieces that are made from cherry wood. There is also a solid selection of Adirondack-style furniture such as chairs and tripod tables.
In addition, GardenFurniturePatio.com offers some items that are unique and different from the typical items found on other websites. “For example, we offer different styles of bird houses in Western Red Cedar and we also have a wishing well made of Western red cedar,” Peggy Munro stated. Released 1/12/2013
PVC Rattan furniture is low-maintenance. Bugs can’t feast on it, and it doesn’t require polishing to maintain its lovely appearance. Simply wipe with a damp cloth to keep it clean.
PVC Rattan is a durable material, a quality that helps protect it against rough treatment from children or pets. Notwithstanding its durability, PVC Rattan is not as heavy as furniture made of wood. So, it’s much easier to lift by yourself and move around, enabling you to rearrange your garden, patio or poolside layout, or place it in your storage area, without recruiting friends and neighbors as a “moving crew.” This attribute of rattan furniture also makes it a good choice for comfortable furniture for seniors.
Other attributes of the PVC Rattan furniture sold by gardenfurniturepatio.com include: heavy-gauge aluminum frame (no rust and no maintenance); ground and polished, welded aluminum joints; wicker strapping woven from 100% virgin vinyl and hand-wrapped for a natural feel; color: Chestnut Brown (dark brown).
Natural rattan is a vine-like palm plant with long, thin fronds. The dried fronds can be woven into many shapes but are especially popular for making patio furniture. Today, most rattan patio furniture is manufactured using a plastic resin called PVC which emulates the qualities of natural rattan—hence, PVC rattan.
PVC Rattan furniture has the appearance and color of natural rattan, so it maintains that traditional country garden look you’re seeking. But it is more durable and more affordable than natural rattan. Water does not affect it, and it withstands heat and cold, which makes it a material for all climates. In addition, today’s manufacturing methods include UV inhibitors to produce a rattan weave that is colorfast. So, you needn’t worry about your lovely PVC Rattan furniture fading from long exposure to the sun.
Thus, PVC Rattan is truly a material for all-weather outdoor furniture. With pieces of PVC Rattan garden furniture you won’t have to completely replace your garden furniture every two or three years. And the look of rattan is versatile: It may also be used in an enclosed porch or a sunroom.
January is a good time to review the design of your outdoor living areas, no matter what the climate is where you live. While many readers may be creative in their own right, some might require outside help in landscape design and outdoor planting planning.
Web sites abound that address every aspect of gardening. One is the Web site of the Royal Horticultural Society, the United Kingdom’s leading charity for promoting good gardening, offering books, magazines and loads of gardening and how-to information. Another good source of information is the Complete Gardener Series by Time-Life Editors. The series comprises volumes devoted to topics like landscape design, ferns, shrubs and trees, and vegetables and herbs. Check Amazon.com and eBay to obtain these books. And don’t forget so-called coffee-table books on English- and American-style gardens. These are filled with color photographs that you can use as inspiration for your own designs.
And why not include one of my 100 percent Western Red Cedar garden hutches to store your outdoor equipment in one convenient place? They are available in three sizes (27, 30 and 49 inches) to suit your yard or deck.