Phew, what a jumble of names. Acacia, Suar, Rain Tree, Monkeywood, Munggur, so many names, and all of them are actually just one wood. This is simply because there are so many different species of the genus commonly referred to as "acacia".
Common to all "acacias" is that it is a subfamily of the mimosa family, the final name is different depending on the country. The acacia in Indonesia is called Munggur, in Thailand it is rain tree and we know this wonderfully colorful wood most likely under the name of Suar.
Acacia solid wood - ideal for Thai furniture
The wood, which is used for our acacia wood furniture, comes from the acacia Albizia Saman (bot.), Colloquially rain tree, Suar or Monkey Wood (monkey tree) and in Thailand called "Mai Cham Cha".
This wood is characterized by fast growth and an incredibly varied color scheme. Large specimens are up to 40m high and have a gigantic root system.
With its widely-unloading crown, the rain tree in hot countries is a shade donor in green spaces, but, e.g. also very popular on fields.
Incidentally, the name rain tree comes from the fact that the tree "folds in" its leaves when it rains to allow rainwater to flow directly to the roots without much resistance.
The Thai rain tree is often a typical roadside tree, or in fields. Rarely is it grown on plantations.
If such a fast-growing giant like it, a lot of work falls. First, the wood is cut into blocks to be able to transport it. In most cases, the wood artists have already picked out pieces for which they already have a special use in mind. Thai furniture is often made of tailor-made pieces, eg pieces of the root of acacia trees.
Our acacia wood or rain tree wood comes from the north of Thailand, one of the few areas in which this tree is grown on a larger scale.
Here the trees are felled by hand and cut to size on site
Or in larger pieces in a sawmill, where this wood is often used, for example. a few meters long table tops are created.
Already in the first two steps you can see the fantastic structures and shapes of the wood. Not infrequently, the tree is hollow inside, which gives the wood a wonderful shape and structure.
The final processing is then also done by hand. From larger pieces, e.g. naturally shaped sideboards, smaller side tables and much more. Blocks and smaller branches are sawn and carved up until then our side table TWIST result.
When the mold is ready, the wood will migrate into a drying room for a while, then waxed and polished, and a few months later you can purchase this impressive and unique wood, as well as Thai furniture in great shapes here in our Thailand Furniture Shop.