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Live Wood

Wood is our hero

Our trees grow slowly, they mature over time and have characteristics from their long lives.


These natural characteristics make each piece of wood unique and give every piece of furniture personality.


Wood is our hero

our source of inspiration

our favourite material

we love its differences

yet we never use defective wood


Wood is a living, breathing material. In dry weather conditions, cracks and tears may appear in the planks which vanish when weather conditions become damper. Certain perceived “flaws” are perfectly normal in wood. Therefore, the following series of non-conformities are wholly acceptable as falling within industry-accepted occurrences.

Blue Spots

Our timber is treated with a high-quality impregnating agent that provides a high level of protection in outdoor environmental conditions. The appearance of mould or blue spots on the surface of the wood is completely acceptable.

EKJU blue spot example
Uneven Textures

Every piece of wood is different and it has different colours and textures already when a tree grows. When boards are cut and made into the furniture, these characteristics remain as unique as they were when trees and can affect the shade of the timber and how painted treatments look.

EKJU uneven textures example
Wood Twisting

It is normal for the wood to swell when exposed to moisture. Under certain conditions, the original shape of wooden products can be slightly altered or even warped.

EKJU wood twisting example
Wood Knots

The structure of the wood, the location of branches and growth rings in cross-section are always different, depending on the type of wood and its characteristics. This gives the wooden product its natural appearance.

EKJU wood knot example
Wood Cracks

Dried wooden products can crack, which reveals the naturally uneven structure of the wood. Cracks may appear on furniture with different deterioration levels and age. We can reduce the frequency and size of potential cracks by processing the timber, but it cannot be prevented completely.

EKJU wood cracks example
Rough Edges

The timber we use is kiln dried before treatment to 18-22% moisture content levels. We try to ensure smooth finishing throughout our products, but some kiln dried timber may have some rough surfaces due to the natural appearance.

EKJU rough wood edges example
Resin Pockets

Wood is a living material that retains its natural characteristics for a long time after becoming garden furniture. Therefore, the appearance of resin "pockets" is inevitable, especially in warm weather or under direct sunlight.

EKJU wood resin example
Fading Colour

Wood naturally turns grey when maturing. It is not a defect in the product and this colour is not a weakness. The Picnic Table shown here is 15 years old and is still going strong despite its grey appearance.

EKJU old fading picnic table
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