The mango tree [mangifera indica] was discovered in Southeast Asia more than 2000 years ago and has become a symbol of good fortune and well being.
In time, mango trees grow to become very large (20-30 meter high and 1-1.5 meter wide). As the tree approaches this size, it becomes more difficult to harvest and more importantly, it stops to bear fruit. On mango wood plantations, before the trees reach this size, they are replaced with young mango trees. The harvested wood is an additional source of income for the mango farmers. The tree is typically cut and replanted every 7-15 years, thus continuing a sustainable cycle that ensures there is no harm to the environment. MangoWoodHome only sources wood from areas which operate to this policy.
As mango trees have a limited lifespan for yielding the best quality fruit, in the past, they were chopped and burnt after this period. However, in more recent times, the wood is used in the production of many fine styles of art and décor, using the fine skills of Thai artisans and thus preserving those skills, allowing them to be handed down from generation to generation. As the wood has more of a softwood nature it is not used for construction, and you would not expect to see a house built of mango tree wood. The wood is ideal in workability and weight for home decorative objects such as vases, candle holders, picture frames and some light furniture.
Mango wood is a hard, dense wood which is made into a variety of arts, crafts, vases, bowls and furniture. For mango wood to be long lasting it needs to be properly seasoned and kiln dried, preferably to the same humidity level as it's destination. Mango wood displays color properties unlike most other woods, it has green, brown and yellow hues. Mango wood vases and bowls show the best coloring and texture as the different carving and cut strokes reveal more diverse ranges of grain.
Mango wood is usually a sustainable resource as the mango wood trees are generally replanted after being cut down. Mango wood vases, bowls and furniture is a great way to help offset carbon emissions by using a sustainable product.