The Oxford Garden Franklin Rocking Chairs - Set of 2 combine a truly proud historic look with modern styling touches. Each sturdily built rocking chair reflects traditional English design and is crafted of beautiful, durable shorea wood. One of the most important benefits of this wood is that it is resistant to rot and bug damage. With little or no maintenance, your rocker will last many years outdoors. Left untreated, it will weather naturally to a warm shade of gray. Made for indoors, outdoors, or covered porch. Matching side table available separately, please see "Related Items".
Shorea Wood: An Eco-Friendly Choice
Like teak, its more expensive counterpart, Shorea is a high-quality hardwood praised not only for its looks, but also for its longevity and resistance to decay. Shorea is hard and dense, like teak. In fact, it possesses an even tighter wood grain, making it heavier, denser, and harder than teak, and both woods are extremely resistant to decay. Shorea wood contains a comparatively high oil content, which not only enhances its defenses against the ravages of time and changing climate, but also against destructive insect infestations. So if teak and Shorea are so similar, why does teak cost up to twice as much? Shorea's lower cost can be attributed to its abundance compared to teak's rarity.
This abundance of supply is also what makes Shorea a green choice. Shorea wood is carefully regulated. Only mature trees can be legally harvested. This ensures a steady supply of Shorea wood, while also protecting irreplaceable forests. Because Oxford Garden obtains their Shorea wood from superior sources, minimal processing is required to bring out the wood's stunning color and grains. This means less chemicals used. Oxford Garden's factories use recycled wood to fuel production kilns. They take steps to conserve natural resources and the result is a smaller carbon footprint.