Origin and Manufacture

We import our balsa wood from the Ecuadorian Andes. The balsa tree is part of the mallow family and it is cultivated in many tropical areas. The plantations are at an altitude of 400 - 1000 metres. Balsa wood grows very quickly and is fit for felling after just 5-7 years with a trunk diameter of 30-50cm. No overexploitation of the natural virgin forest occurs. Harvested areas are reforested.

We mainly import the broom and implement shafts from Brazil. We stock tauari, marupa, pine, virola, taeda pine and eucalyptus. We also have ramin (from Malaysia), wawa and koto (Africa). As the shafts are exposed to considerable stresses and loads during use, only the best timbers are used. Once the wood has been sawn into squared sections, it is placed in the kiln. Then it is machine planed to make a round rod and sanded. The rods may also receive a round head, cone, aluminium thread or a drilled hole for example during subsequent processing. At the request of many customers we also supply round rods with your EAN code.

During the production of plywood, the trunks are stripped of bark and sawn to size and then the veneer is cut. The individual wooden panels are glued with adhesive or water-resistant glue and hot pressed. In this process the individual layers with their grain are turned by 90° (cross bonding).
This increases the dimensional stability of the panels as wood does as a “living material” mainly expand (swelling) or contract (shrinkage) across the grain due to the addition or removal of moisture. The layers are, however, extremely stable along the grain. The changes in size of one layer are thus essentially balanced out by the other layers.