The Franklin Collection is a look that's steeped in tradition, but a tradition that understands the importance of improvement. The classic shapes are there, inspired by the designs of early American furniture and classic English gardens. Solid hardwood gets the attention of skilled craftsmen using mortise-and-tenon joinery to create pieces with wide seats and a tall backrest of simple slats. The improvement takes the form of shorea hardwood, a member of the teakwood family that's sustainably harvested and highly prized for use in outdoor furniture. Much like teak, shorea has a high oil content and dense body that makes it resistant to insects and moisture-related rotting. These pieces will gain a rich patina over time, demonstrating that they've served you well for many years.