khaya woodware hand made tableware exclusively made of kahay- wood

Fast growing tree 

Khaya is a fast growing tree, and can grow to a height of 100 feet, reaching three to five feet in diameter. It yields timber similar to mahogany, but the timber is heavier than mahogany. Khaya matures in mere 10 to12 years, whereas mahogany requires 20 to 25 years. 

Sustainably sourced 

Khaya grows in poor soils, on vast acres of abandoned lands in the dry zone or former forests. Unlike some other imported timber varieties, Khaya is non-invasive and does not harm the environment. The short growing/maturing period of the Khaya tree would certainly be interpreted as a specie of sustainably sourced wood.

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Khaya Senegalensis

Unlike mahogany, Khaya does not shed leaves periodically. A young Khaya plant within its first year develops a deep root system that makes it a drought resistant plant. Because of this, it can be successfully cultivated in Vietnam, thrives in wet as well as dry regions. Out of seven varieties of Khaya, the most valuable variety is Khaya Senegalensis, also known as the African Mahogany.

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Excellent hardwood

Khaya wood with interwoven grains is harder than mahogany. Heavy fibre in Khaya gives it a springing effect and is often used in boat building. Khaya timber is resistant to borer and termite attacks and is used mostly in the manufacture of furniture and carpentry, but also for gitars and tableware. The fast growing Khaya, if popularised, can easily overcome the possibly shortage of timber.

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Food-friendly finish

Our woodware is coated with a transparent finish (tung oil: an extract from tung-tree seeds). A natural drying oil that contains no solvents. It enhances the color of our wood, offers excellent protection and is eco-friendly. Once the coat is cured (several layers of oil), our wooden tableware gets a protective film (glossy lacquer) that makes it water resistant and food-safe.