Craftspeople from the Chiang Mai area in Northern Thailand create these pieces with the simplest of tools. After each Monkey Pod wood (Acacia, Koa, Rain Tree grown for wood carving) piece is dried, carved and sanded, it is rubbed in Livos Walnut oil creating a water resistant and food safe matte finish. Color ranges from medium to dark walnut brown tones that will darken as the wood ages. There is no oily feel, and cannot bleed into carpets. Crafted from sustainable Monkey Pod wood, they make minimal use of electric sanders in the finishing process. Dried in solar or propane kilns, no chemicals are used in the process, ever. Made from the branches of the Acacia tree, where each branch is cut and carved to order (allowing the tree to continue growing), these are packaged with cartons from recycled cardboard with no plastic or other fillers.
The color and grain of your piece of Nature will be unique, and may include small checks or cracks that occur when the wood is dried. Sizes are approximate. Products could have visible marks from tools used, patches from small repairs, knot holes, natural inclusions or holes. There may be various separations or cracks on your piece when it arrives. There may be some slight variation in size, color, texture, and finish.
After completion of the product, Livos Oil is applied by hand to seal and protect the woods surface. The oil contains natural resins that can be buffed to light gloss sheen. Livos is a safe natural oil and is a food safe surface
Livos offers a variety of all natural, non-toxic, biodegradable products. These products are petroleum and chemical free. Based on renewable raw plant materials that are organically sourced and never tested on animals, Livos products are environmentally responsible, non-polluting, ecologically friendly, and emit no harmful substances.
An important component in most of the Livos products is linseed oil. Made from organically grown flaxseeds by farmers in northern Germany, it is cold pressed at the Livos factory for use as the main ingredient in oils and other products.
Environmental and Holistic Standards:
Environmentally friendly: products are not only human friendly they are fully biodegradable and not detrimental to our waterways as many of the synthetic water based products.
Livos has a range of products that contain zero to extremely low amounts of solvents. It is not necessarily how much solvent that is the critical factor, however which type. Livos not only uses plant based solvents however also synthetic ones such as the Isoaliphates. These are also used in the pharmaceutical and food industries and are well established in Europe. 95% of these solvents decapitate in the first hour of application. Once dried, there is no further “off gassing” as occurs with many synthetic products. It positively influences the indoor air quality and does not contribute to harmful ozone depleting emissions.
There is no detrimental effect on ones health from the Livos products; from manufacturing, application, the occupier to disposal.