Wood

Slide Producers 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.

Slide Craftsmanship 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 Carving Sanding 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.

Slide Wood collection 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.

Materials

Acacia Acacia Acacia trees are not hard to find in the Philippines. You see them standing along the roads and on uncultivated land. The wood of the acacia is a non-indigenous hardwood. Beautiful, with a broad colour spectrum of warm to light segments. It is sustainable: it grows fast (the trees reach their full height in sixteen years) and for every tree that is cut down another one is planted. Planting the trees is regarded as an investment which yields a profit after a number of years when the wood is sold. The chopping of the trees, the trading and the processing is controlled by the government by means of certification. In some parts of the city permits to cut down trees are not granted. ACACIA MAHONIE GMELINA gemlina 2 Gmelina is a fast growing tree which is not indigenous to the Philippines. The wood has a pale yellow colour and has a relatively soft texture. The rather light wood is very strong, compared to its weight. Because of its weight and sustainable character it is perfectly suitable for furniture, instruments and for use in construction. The planting, chopping and processing of the trees is certified and controlled by the government. ACACIA Gmelina MAHONIE GMELINA mahonie 2 Mahogany is not indigenous to the Philippines, but it grows well on plantations. The planting, chopping and processing of the trees is certified and controlled by the government. The wood has a red brown colour with a fine grain and it can be easily processed. After some time the product becomes slightly darker under the influence of light. Rubbing the wood from time to time with a cloth with a drop of food-safe oil keeps the product in fine condition. ACACIA Mahonie MAHONIE GMELINA

Products

Slide 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.