Kinta's wood products are made by two different producers in the Philippines. The first is Malou, she produce the most of Kinta's natural wood products. Malou has many years of experience and started her own workshop a few years ago.
Kinta's other wood producer is Judith Lorna. She takes care of the production of Kinta's colored candleholders, salad servers, cutlery, wooden decoration and more.
Both work with a very dedicated and experienced team. The products are all made by hand, piece by piece. Our relationship with both producers is based on fair trade principles.
Kinta's products are a typical combination of design and handicraft, we call it: designed handicraft. All Kinta's products are made by hand, based on our own designs. Nothing is assembly line work. They are a result of traditional crafts and made by experienced craftsmen in small wood workshops in the Philippines. Our wood products go through many production steps and go through many hands before they are ready to be packed.
Turning wood is a important technique for many of our products, such as the bowls and candlesticks. the verse wood is turned using of sharp tools and then dried.
Some of our products are carved. Carving requires experience and a steady hand. First the wood will be cut in a specific shape, then the wood is carved and dried.
The dry turned or carved wood is machine sanded by experienced craftsmen. It requires time and patience, but is of utmost importance for the final shape and quality of the products.
Kinta's wood collection consists of various home and table accessories. Bowls, candleholders, cutlery, kitchen accessories and more. We use wood in different ways, like roughly carved, natural shaped, natural finish of with dye in beautiful matt colours. Our wooden products are timeless and made for daily use.
How to use
All our wooden table accessories are finished with a food-safe varnish. The products can be washed in lukewarm soapy water, but they are not dishwasher safe. Do not let them soak in water. If the varnish is worn off, we recommend wiping the product with a cloth dipped in a little walnut or salad oil from time to time. To prevent dehydration never expose the wood to direct sunlight or store near heating units. The wooden planks are hard enough to serve as a chopping board and soft enough to keep the knife sharp. Scratches caused by knives are unavoidable, though.
For wooden candle holders the safety advice for the burning of candles applies:
- keep a burning candle always in sight
- don’t burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame before it comes too close to the holder - in order to avoid bladdering of the paint.