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Wood

We use many different types of wood and none of these are prohibited or taken by illegal means from any rain forest. We believe using endangered trees and cutting down our precious rainforest is a serious criminal offence. We always give back for what we take in our continued effort to help the worlds rainforest we have a 2 for 1 policy in which we guarantee that we plant 2 trees back for every tree we use for our production. In this way we make our contribution to a more environment friendly future and help decreasing harm done by green house gases and help do our part in preserving this wonderful world we are living in.

Below is a list with descriptions for the different types of woods we use and you can see a photo of one of our tree plantations at the end of this page.

(Two tone) ARANG WOOD

Our code: M (Example WPL xxx M)

Scientific name: Diospyros Confertiflora

Our thoughts: Arang translates to Charcoal wood or Carbon wood depending on what parts of Indonesia your in. Charcoal/Carbon wood is a naturally black wood or two tone black and brown. Arang wood is a hard wood to come by as farmers do not like planting it as it takes many years for it to grow to maturity. The Charcoal wood we use for our organic piercing and organic jewelry is recycled. We are actively buying miles and miles of rail way tracks in java and other parts of Indonesia. These rail way tracks where built by the Dutch over a 100 years ago and are being replaced by modern rail way tracks.

(Black) ARANG WOOD

Our code: I (Example WPL xxx I)

Scientific name: Diospyros Confertiflora

Our thoughts: The black Arang kayo (translation Charcoal wood) is the centre part of the Arang tree and its slightly harder than the two tone Arang kayo. We get the black Arang wood the same way we get the two tone Arang kayo (please read our thoughts on two tone Arang wood for more info).
Arang wood is extremely hard wood so formally called Iron wood but as this is not real Iron wood we find it inappropriate to use the name Iron wood.

BAMBOO

Scientific name: Bambuseae

Read about Bamboo on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: We have added Bamboo to our wood section as most people see it as a type of wood though in fact it is as a species not classified as a wood but its actually a type of grass. Bamboo is a hard material to carve and shape hence you won't find many organic jewelry items on our site using bamboo . We do wish we could make more organic piercing and organic jewelry products from Bamboo as it is a very fast growing material and very environmentally friendly.

COCONUT-SHELL

Our code: K (Example WPL xxx K)

Scientific name: Cocos Nucifera

Read about Coconut on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Coco-nut is one of our top favorites for the creation of organic jewelry because of its strength and amazing finishing, plus its also a product from the coco-nut industry making it a one of the most environmentally friendly material.

CROCODILE WOOD

Our code: D (Example WPL xxx D)

Scientific name: Zanthoxylum rhetsa

Read about Crocodile wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: This beautiful very light coloured wood is easy to carve into amazing organic jewelry. The wood is of medium hardness and has an amazingly smooth finish when polished properly. Crocodile wood has often been called the Ivory of Woods because of its similar colour and smooth finish. The name Crocodile wood comes from the tooth-shaped, knobby protrusions on the trunk of the tree that looks like the armour of a crocodile. Crocodile wood grows natively in subtropical areas around the world. We use only cultivated Crocodile wood for our organic jewelry collection.

JACK FRUIT WOOD

Our code: G (Example WPL xxx G)

Scientific name: Artocarpus heterophyllus

Read about Jackfruit on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Jackfruit wood is a very hard an durable wood. It's grain is interlocked and resists cracking. Jack fruit wood is lemon yellow colour and it darkens to a brown colour with age. The fruit itself is considered a delicacy by many and also considered a stink bomb by others.

MANGO WOOD

Our code: L (Example WPL xxx L)

Scientific name: Mangifera indica

Read about Mango wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts:

NARRA WOOD

Our code: S (Example WPL xxx S)

Scientific name: Pterocarpus Indicus

Read about Narra wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: We have 2 different versions of Narra wood, one is the very delicate chocolate brown Narra wood, we have the exquisite dark brown Narra wood, arra wood has the same strengths and durability as the world famous Ebony wood. Ebony is a endangered wood that we won't use, Narra wood on the other hand is cultivated in many parts of Indonesia.

PALM-WOOD, COCO-WOOD

Our code: C,P (Example WPL xxx C)

Used names : C= Coco wood, P= Palm wood

Scientific name: Cocos Nucifera

Read about Coconut timber on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Palm-wood, Coco-wood are both from the same Coco-nut bearing palm tree. The difference of the two is just age of the palm tree. The light coloured coco-palm wood is the younger version that we call Coco-wood, the darker coloured coco-palm wood is the older version that we call palm-wood. Both these wood creates very uniquely textured organic jewelry pieces ones we have applied our 9 stages of hand polishing. Palm-wood and Coco-wood is a very beautifully textured wood with spots and grains traveling though out the wood and is great looking wood ones carved and polished in to organic piercing and organic jewelry. This is a wood that we can happily use as it is a very common Palm tree that grows all over south East Asia and it grows at an astonishing speed. We are using Palm wood from coco-not plantations.

SAWO WOOD

Our code: R (Example WPL xxx R)

Scientific name: Manilkara zapota

Read about Sawo wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Sawo wood is sometimes called a mystery wood (hopefully the above information can shed some light on Sawo wood). The colour of Sawo wood is a red/orange wood that is very easy to carve the most delicate designs of organic piercing and organic jewelry products. Sawo is native to south america and is being cultivated in south east asia. We use the south east asian cultivated Sawo wood.

SIAMEA

Our code: G (Example WPL xxx G)

Scientific name: Senna Siamea

Read about Siamea wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Siamea wood is brownish beige in colour with integrate thin grains. Siamea can easily be carved by our artisans in to both ear plugs, flesh tunnels and spirals. The tree itself produces beautiful yellow flowers and the leafs are used for different thai curries and other thai dishes. Siamea wood is called Johar in Indonesia.

(DARK) TAMARIND

Our code: A (Example WPL xxx A)

Scientific name: Tamarindus indica

Read about Tamarind wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: We have two kinds of Tamarin wood: Dark Tamarind and Light Tamarind.
Dark Tamarind wood is a dark reddish brown wood that we have just started using for our organic piercing and organic jewelry. The finishing gets very glossy, the grains glimmers when moving the finished items in sunlight. Tamarind wood is native wood from Africa but is also being cultivated in many places in south east asia. We are using cultivated tamarind wood for our jewelry. The Tamarin fruit is used for Thai and Indonesian cooking and is also used for many cosmetic products.

(LIGHT) TAMARIND

Our code: F (Example WPL xxx F)

Scientific name: Tamarindus indica

Read about Tamarind wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: We have two kinds of Tamarin wood: Dark Tamarind and Light Tamarind.
The light coloured Tamarind wood is a very cool looking wood, the wood itself is a very light coloured wood with lots of dark almost black grains randomly criss crossing through the wood. All Tamarind wood used for our organic piercings are supplied from Tamarind plantations. The Tamarin fruit is used for Thai and Indonesian curries and is also used for many cosmetic products.

TEAK WOOD

Our code: T (Example WPL xxx T)

Scientific name: Tectona grandis

Read about Teak wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Our teak comes from the northern part of Thailand where famers have been planting Teak trees for many years under government supervision. 10 years ago the government of Thailand promoted farmers to grow teak in the northern part of Thailand. Now, 10 years later we are sad to let you know that the farmers are getting no support from the government any more and have hardly any way of selling the Teak trees that they were told to grow. So we try our best to help in anyway we can. Note this is not golden Teak. Please do not buy any golden teak wood as 99% of golden Teak comes from protected Teak wood forrest around south east asia.

SAPPAN WOOD

Our code: E (Example WPL xxx E)

Scientific name: Caesalpinia sappan

Read about Sappan wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: This plant has many uses among them it possesses medicinal abilities as an antibacterial and for its anticoagulant properties, these characteristics makes this wood very ideal to use for large gauge piercings.

OLIVE WOOD

Our code: O (Example WPL xxx O)

Scientific name: Olea europaea

Read about Olive wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Olive wood is a cream or light beige and light brown, with darker brown or black grains running through the wood. Olive wood is also a easy wood to work with, turns in to ear plugs superbly, with a extremely smooth finishing. The smell of olive wood is is just like ripe olives. The olive wood we are using is from from Italian olive plantations, these trees have been cut down as they have gotten to old to produce olives and have been replaced with new olive barring olive trees.

WALNUT WOOD

Our code: W (Example WPL xxx W)

Scientific name: Juglans

Read about Walnut wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Walnut wood, or Juglans, is a hard tight-grained grained wood which can be polished to a very smooth finish making it perfect for body jewelry. The color is a light grey with hints of black and creamy white. Walnut wood is a sought after furniture and carving wood and is one of the most prized woods by prestige carmakers for the interiors. One of its other popular uses are for gunstocks due to its resilience to compression along the grain.

CHEST NUT WOOD

Our code: N (Example WPL xxx N)

Scientific name: Castanea

Read about Chestnut wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Chestnut wood is of the oak family and is a very durable wood with a very tight grain which makes it ideal for carving organic jewelry. Other more popular uses are outdoor furniture as well as barrels for aging balsamic vinegar as well as whisky and beer. We found the creamy white color with its subtle variations in the grain perfect for making plain wooden plugs so we have now added another use for this amazing wood.

ACACIA WOOD

Our code: L (Example WPL xxx L)

Scientific name: Akakia

Read about Acacia wood on Wikipedia

Our thoughts: Acacia wood has a very hard multicolored grain. The wood is is striped with colors ranging from beige, yellowish, brown and black. The wood is mostly used for decorative veneer due to its multicolored grain. The flowers from the acacia tree is commonly used for honey while the leaf infusions are used as shampoos. In folk medicine it has also been used to combat cancer which is another fun little fact.

Our tree plantations

This is our first plantation and it has 25,000 tress out of which 7,000 are rubber trees.

The rubber trees are there to help us get a income for hill tribe families that will make sure our plantations will stay healthy and to help us with all our future plantations.

More photos will be uploaded from our next project as soon as the trees are big enough to see on a photo.

tree plantation

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