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NATURAL COCONUT PRODUCTS – ALL THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Coconut shells are normally discarded or burned after coconuts are harvested for their milk and meat. To make use of existing resources and avoid excessive burning, we make various functional and decorative items using two major methods: cutting coconut shells or carving coconut wood. Let’s join with us to find out how coconut products can be reused or up-cycled!

COCONUT SHELL

WHAT IS COCONUT SHELL? 

Coconut shell, which was once regarded as waste, may now be utilized as a raw material in the production of beautiful and useful handicrafts. As a sustainable replacement, coconut shells can somehow simulate wood. What’s best about coconut shells is that they are abundant in coastal locations, are relatively cheap, and are completely biodegradable. 

Coconut shells are collected after harvested for their coconut milk and meat.

PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE

The coconuts harvested range in size. A ripe coconut is chosen because it contains lignin, which eliminates the possibility of bacteria developing. To obtain the shell, the kernel is removed and cleaned. Later on, the shell is sanded many times from inside to outside to achieve a flawless finish. Finally, the shells are chopped into appropriate shapes and sizes using a coping saw. Coconut bowls afterwards are applied with organic coconut oil to have a good polish.

The shell is sanded to smooth inside of bowl

To make coconut bowls more stunning and unique, artists frequently blend them with various materials such as eggshell, pearl, and lacquer or use laser engraved techniques.

MAIN USAGE

Many handicraft makers develop distinctively designed coconut shells goods such as desk-top accessories, lifestyle products, and cooking utensils now that there is a greater awareness of employing green and sustainable initiatives.  

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COCONUT WOOD

WHAT IS COCONUT WOOD?

Coconut wood is harvested from 60 to 70-year-old trees that no longer bear fruit. The tree is chosen by a skilled person who can judge the texture of the wood just by looking at it. The grains of wood are determined by the soil quality and geographical location. 

Coconut wood is notable for its spotted grain wood patterns. Even in a small piece, this varies from one area to the next, and this irregularity adds to its uniqueness and beauty.

Coconut wood has its grain spotted patterns

PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE

The useful woody portion of a coconut tree is the area between the inner core and the outer bark which is barely 2 inches thick.  Wood texture and quality are not always assured, and wood with grain may only be found in the first 7 feet from the ground. Before being cut to size according to the specifications of the product, the timber is seasoned for two to three months.

The craft production process is as follows: The design is sketched on paper with measurement specifications. The artist then carves out the shapes and forms for a specific object using a scale.  Each stage includes sanding to level out the surface. A coat of varnish is applied and dried to make the product shine. It should be noted that coconut oil is utilized in food-related items. 

Coconut wooded spoon is carved into shape and size as requirement

MAIN USAGE

Coconut wood is unique in its colours and patterns, so they are commonly utilized to make table-top accessories and small daily items such as knives, chopsticks, spoons and forks, cutting board. They are mainly for kitchenware and table decoration.

ARE PRODUCTS ARE SAFE TO USE?

Coconut products are handmade from natural coconut grown in Vietnam by local artisans. These food-safe utensils are an ideal way to replace potentially hazardous plastic and fragile kitchenware while supporting a healthy lifestyle.

Making coconut goods necessitates the use of equipment and sandpaper for polishing. However, there are no artificial colors or substances used. Coconut oil coating is used for coconut bowls or other products required.

CARE INSTRUCTION 

Once you’ve got a lovely set of coconut kitchenware, the next step is to learn how to clean it! Maintaining coconut goods is simple, but they will require a little more care than a machine-made plastic item to remain vibrant and appealing for the same period of time! 

  • Don’t freeze coconuts for too long otherwise, they will shrink and inevitably crack! Coconut bowls are far less affected by cold than they are by heat, so placing them in the fridge for a bit won’t bother. Yet since excessively low temperatures can cause the wood’s moisture to compress, eventually destroying the wood! 
  • Avoid serving boiling food. That could trigger the coconut to break. Leave it to cool first before slurping, especially porridge, soup, and curry (boiling hot liquid foods). 
  • Don’t soak your coconut items for too long. Like other porous materials, coconut absorbs water and flavors if exposed for an extended period. Clean your coconut bowls after each usage, and don’t soak them for too long. 
  • Don’t put coconut products in the microwave or oven. Microwaving your coconut bowls will almost surely result in them shattering or cracking and should be avoided at all times. 
  • Don’t put coconut products in the dishwasher. Dishwashers clean your dishes by soaking them in searing hot water. Some wooden dinnerware can be ruined in the dishwasher.

How to maintain coconut products? Every type of wood gradually changes color as they age. The most effective way to slow things down is to polish your coconut bowl! An old rag, dishcloth, or any piece of fabric along with some linseed oil, flaxseed oil, or virgin coconut oil. Then start scrubbing the surface of your coconut bowl. After a few minutes of polishing, you will see the magic as the shiny brown color has returned! 

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