You'll always feel at ease in the Belham Living Richmond Heavy-Duty Outdoor Wooden Rocking Chair thanks to the use of highly dense red shorea (red lauan) tropical hardwood in its construction. This wood from the Mahogany family is ideal for outdoor use due to its ability to withstand wear and the elements. At 40 lbs., this rocker feels like high quality because it is. Galvanized steel bolts further ensure the quality of this rocking chair. A traditional straight back and slightly contoured seat make this rocker easy on the eyes and relaxing for the body. If you like the look of this rocking chair, be sure to check out the other products from the Richmond collection. This rocking chair is capable of holding up to 250 lbs., and with quick, easy assembly, you'll be enjoying its beauty in no time.
About Shorea Wood and Linseed Oil
Shorea is possibly the best wood choice for outdoor furniture. Related to Burma teak, this hardwood grows naturally and plentifully in the Pacific Rim countries. Because shorea is dense, heavy, and hard, and contains an abundance of natural oils, it is highly resistant to rot, bug infestation, weather, and marring. Shorea (red lauan) wood will have variations is color - from a red to a yellow cast.
The Shorea wood for this item is treated with linseed oil. Linseed oil is not a varnish. The oil soaks into the pores of the wood leaving a shiny (not glossy) surface that shows off the grain of the wood. Linseed oil helps protects the wood from denting by compression and from accelerated deterioration.
After assembly simply wipe the bench with a damp cloth to remove any excess oil that may be remaining. Please note that it is recommended to let your bench sit outside for 2-3 days before sitting on it to let the stain air out and completely dry.
Wooden Outdoor Furniture Care and Maintenance
The finish on wood outdoor furniture when exposed to an environment with substantial temperature changes (moisture, sun and salt air) can change over time. It is not uncommon and users should expect some swelling, discoloration or possible surface cracks due to the outside exposure and changes in the weather. These are considered natural occurrences of wood and should not be considered as a product defect. To prolong the life of your item you should consider placing under a covered area.