At Picket&Rail, we use rubber for protection, to protect the environment.
Rubber wood, part of the maple family, is taken from a tree named Hevea Brasiliensis. Yes, if you caught the “Brazil” in that, you might probably have guessed that it was from there that the tree was first brought to our side of the globe. It is also known as “parawood” in some regions.
What’s in a name? Rubber wood by any other name would be as outstanding.
Hardness & Durability
Did you know that rubber wood is far higher than traditional hardwoods on the strength scale? It is reputed for its ability to retain its extreme quality even after several years, withstanding common daily scratch hazards such as writing, fingernails and contact with kitchen utensils and crockery. This sturdy wood doesn’t even warp or crack as some hardwoods often do!
Furniture manufacturers love rubber wood for its cutting versatility. Its flexibility allows for it to be easily worked into interesting shapes and designs! Quality and compliance makes for furniture with personality.
Look & Feel
Light-colored with moderate grain and eyes, rubber wood is similar to oak, but smoother. Running your hand over a piece of unfinished rubber wood furniture would attest to its natural smoothness. You will feel the character of the grain without the menace of splinters. The natural light undertones retain stain color very well while paint loves the smoothness.
Rubber wood’s greatest quality remains its being the most environmentally friendly of solid woods. The plant, as we more commonly know, is used to produce latex sap in plantations for a short lifespan of about 30 years. After the economic life of the rubber tree, which is generally 26-30 years, the latex yields become extremely low and the planters then fall the rubber trees and plant new ones. Rubber wood is used only after it completes its latex producing cycle and dies. This wood is therefore eco-friendly in the sense that we are now using what was originally going as waste. This also means that essentially, rubber wood can be produced in perpetuity, with more wood yielded from one area in a shorter time, not endangering any virgin forests!