BabyEcoTrends.com is now Green America Certified

September 12, 2010

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We are so happy about becoming Green America certified as it is a reflection of our commitment to environmentally & socially responsible practices.  Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been working to channel the economic strength of consumers, investors & businesses to create socially & environmentally sustainable societies since 1982.

Green America is a great source for useful information about making smart buying decisions and has compiled a directory of green businesses.  Their list of certified green businesses includes famous names like Earth Mama Angel Baby, Gaiam, Honest Tea, Patagonia, Seventh Generation among others.  But there are countless small green businesses such as Your Home Your World, Green Field Paper Company, Alter Eco, Purple Mountain Organics as well as many more that offer unique green shopping opportunities.

There are more categories than we can mention here, so you’ll have to visit their site to see the full list that includes businesses offering a wide range of goods & services such as architects, baby products, bed & breakfast, clothing, financial services, gardening supplies, travel agents.

We currently offer a handful of products  made by other Green America certified businesses.  The Tres Tria Organic Cotton Co-Sleeping Pillow, Little Beetles organic prefolds, Holy Lamb Organics bedding (aka, Cozy Buns) & Naturepedic bedding & mattresses are all Green America certified.  Look for our selection of GA certified products to grow as we continue to network with other socially & environmentally conscious businesses.


Opportunities Hidden in Plain View

August 29, 2010

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There is no shortage of gloomy economic news & tear jerking accounts of personal financial turmoil.  These stories have to be told, but occasionally hearing an upbeat story can be refreshing and inspiring.  Accounts of people finding ways to counter the effects of an economic downturn may be in short supply but they are out there.

Some people have started businesses directly in response to the foreclosure crisis, some have started money making projects in an attempt to learn about money basics, others found ways to recover from hurricane Katrina & some are working at home doing jobs that would otherwise be outsourced overseas.  These stories feature creative money making ventures (big & small) but they also serve as a reminder that there are non conventional answers to common problems.

The story of the Cornbread Millionaire had us cheering Beverly Davis on in her attempt to repurchase her foreclosed house.  Earlier this year her house went into foreclosure & she decided to raise money to buy it back at an auction.  She took her grandmother’s cornbread recipe & made a business out of it, one that will hopefully put her back in her home.  I can’t think of a better reason to start a business.

Mike Lane wanted his daughters Megan & Emma, 10 & 12 respectively, to learn the value of money & the basics of money management.  So the two girls decided to rent out their 106sf tree house for a few months during the summer to seasonal employees working in and around California’s Sequoia National Forest.  Check out their story at Marketplace Money and see the slide show of their tree house.  Who says money doesn’t grow on trees?

Before hurricane Katrina, Jerome Boykin had plans to go to graduate school but the storm changed all that.  One night after the storm, his father took him to a mall parking lot & showed him a sweeper truck and asked if he would be interested in a lot sweeping business.  With no previous experience, Jerome learned to operated the sweeper truck & is now running a successful business that has provided jobs and helped numerous businesses in 8 parishes in Southeastern Louisiana.  No telling how many people drove past that same parking lot & sweeper truck without seeing what Jerome and his father saw.

Although not a new small business, there are some customer service call centers that are bringing jobs back to the US.  Calls that were for many years answered overseas are increasingly being taken by Americans working from home.  This new arrangement is good for businesses that are seeing the costs of operating overseas skyrocketing.  It’s also good for Americans that due to illness or family responsibilities prefer to work from home.  One of the best known companies offering such “home sourcing” opportunities is Alpine Access & there are an estimated 60,000 Americans taking customer service calls at home.

One of this country’s greatest strengths is the abundance of opportunities available to all of us to create our own success stories. We are surrounded by exciting possibilities waiting to be recognized.

Vote With Every Bite

August 19, 2010

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The latest food recall got us thinking about the frequency of food recalls.  This time it’s 220 million eggs, but we all remember recent recalls on tons of ground beef, chicken products, spinach, pre-mixed salads, peanut butter, pet foods….  But did you know that food recalls occur far more often than what makes it to the evening news?

Did you know that just in this year there have been recalls on canned meatball products, canned soups, frozen chicken nugget products, canned tuna, popular breakfast cereals, potato chips, salami, granola bars, chocolate products, dried dates, tortillas, as well as at least 177 products containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) because of “potential salmonella exposure”.  HVP is a flavor enhancer & found in many processed food products and it’s not always easy to find it on the ingredients label.

Since the 1970’s, the number of inspectors & therefore inspections has decreased drastically while the production & importation have increased.  The Centers for Disease Control records 76 million cases of food borne illness per year!  It seems fair to say that our food safety system is broken & in need of serious repair.

While we as individuals may not be able to repair our food safety systems, we can (and do every day, even if we don’t realize it) send a message to food manufacturers & suppliers.  Every dollar we spend sends the market a message, a “vote” if you will.  When making purchasing decisions, it’s important to vote for the right products because manufacturers pay attention to our buying habits & position themselves to best compete for our dollars/votes.

With family farms disappearing at an alarming rate (Farm Aid reports that 330 farmers leave their lands every week), we have inadvertently sent the message that we want more factory farming, where the bottom line is the principal consideration.  Factory farms are highly subsidized & negatively impact our health, the health of our environment as well as the economic health of our communities.  They pollute our waters and create “dead zones” like the one in the Gulf of Mexico which measures 8,543 square miles – the size of New Jersey.  The agribusiness nutrient rich runoff depletes the oxygen in the water & robs sea life of its spawning grounds.

Fortunately, the popularity of farmer’s markets & eating locally grown foods is growing and an increasing number of consumers are voting for organically grown foods.  As more Americans become aware of the benefits of eating responsibly, we can take control of our communities and support our neighbors.  If the Black Sea (formerly the largest dead zone in the world) can be used as a case study, we know we can reverse the effects of agribusiness in the Gulf of Mexico.


If you have enough space & time, growing your own garden can be a very rewarding exercise.  Children love to help in the garden & it’s a great way to teach them about growing cycles and the importance of living in harmony with our surroundings.  Some communities allow chicken coups in residential areas and New York city is a great example of roof top farming & bee keeping. If your child’s school doesn’t already have a vegetable or herb garden, you may consider suggesting it and helping create this unique learning opportunity.


We are lucky to live in a city that has a farmer’s market during our growing season as well as a year round open air market in a neighboring city that makes eating locally/organically & seasonally a bit easier.  We have also seen the opening of a handful of restaurants that feature local/organic or raw foods.  There is also a Community Supported Agriculture group (CSA) in our county.  To find farmer’s markets, organic farmers, local beekeepers, healthy restaurants & CSA’s in your area, visit these sites for more information:

Local Harvest
The Ethicurean
Food Routes
Heritage Turkey Foundation
Sustainable Table
Backyard Beekeeping
Bee Culture
You Grow Girl
America The Beautiful Fund’s Operation Green Plant
Seed Savers Exchange
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Organic & Fair Trade Fundraising

July 24, 2010

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While reading the current issue of Mothering magazine, i came across the Equal Exchange Fairly Traded red & white logo that always has a Pavlovian affect on me.  I’m not a chocoholic, but when a chocolate craving hits, not just any chocolate will do.  I have a special place in my heart for the Equal Exchange Organic Dark Chocolate with Almonds, made with organic almonds & 55% cacao it makes me very happy.  The write up mentioned that aside from making great chocolate treats, Equal Exchange has a fund raising program that supports small sustainable farms.

What a great alternative to the usual fund raising fare.  For as long as I can remember, fund raising time meant selling friends & family unhealthy, overpriced, often imported edibles and knick knacks they didn’t want or need.  No longer do parents have to endure the mixed feelings that accompany fundraisers.  While helping schools/organizations raise funds Equal Exchange offers quality organic and fair traded coffee, tea, cocoa, snacks & gifts and gives back to farmers & artisans in Latin America and here in the US.

Perhaps the best part is the big impact small changes like this have on our children.  What a great way to demonstrate how important each individual’s buying decisions can be; it’s the butterfly effect explained through chocolate – how beautiful!  Equal Exchange is a worker owned cooperative that works with other cooperatives throughout the Americas and is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.



Baby Crib Recalls – The Astronomical Cost of Cheap

June 25, 2010

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Yesterday’s recall of over 2 million baby cribs was just one more in a long series of troubling crib recalls.  When shopping for a crib, parents rightfully assume that if a crib is being offered to consumers, it must have proven to be safe enough for newborns.  Not to mention that even the most economically priced baby crib can be a large financial investment.  Parents do not expect to spend hundreds of dollars & worry every time baby goes down for the night or for a nap.

If you enter the term “crib recall” into the search field of Consumer Reports, you will find a long list of crib recalls that seem to be growing in frequency.  170,000 cribs made by C&T International/Sorelle (sold under the name Golden Baby) were recalled in May of this year.  Simplicity cribs were recalled in April of this year & the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned, ” Do not attempt to fix these cribs”, better to simply remove them from the house.  217,000 Graco cribs (made by LaJobi) were also recalled in April of this year.  The CPSC issued a recall on Generation 2 Worldwide and Childesigns Generation 2 Worldwide and Childesigns full-size cribs in February of this year & was expanded to include their portable crib in March.  In November of 2009, 2.1 million Stork Craft baby cribs were recalled due to “entrapment & suffocation”.

In the last five years, the CPSC has issued 11 recalls on more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards.  Although some were malfunctioning due to improper installation, the vast majority were the result of design flaws.  When the drop side detaches from the crib frame, a gap forms between the mattress & the side.  It’s very easy to imagine the danger this poses to babies.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is working on federal legislation that would permanently ban all drop side cribs.  Consumer Reports supports this legislation.  We, at BabyEcoTrends.com support new standards on drop side cribs but not an outright ban.  We would actually like to see raised standards even for fixed side cribs, but that’s another story.

A drop side baby crib (when built properly) can be a very useful feature – especially for vertically challenged parents.  We feel it’s important to point out that the recalls have been on baby cribs built overseas & almost all were Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) certified; the only one not JPMA certified were the cribs built by Jardine Enterprises of Taipei.  It’s also important to keep in mind that the last round of recalls included mattress supports & some fixed side cribs.  Instead of throwing out the baby with the bath water, it may be more helpful to demand better quality construction of the things we generally accept as safe for baby.

We stand behind our drop side cribs as do the manufacturers that build them for us right here in the USA.  Our manufacturers have never recalled their items & when you see them with your own eyes, it’s easy to see why.  Our manufacturers work on small production scales & build our cribs to last for several generations.  In addition to drop side cribs, they build cribs with fixed sides as well as a few with a drop gate – a happy medium between drop & fixed sides.  Even if you do not plan to use them for more than one baby, the peace of mind is well worth the small investment.


Of course, this gives me an opportunity to drag out the soap box.  Buying American made means you can rest assured your baby is safe while also keeping jobs in our neighborhoods, to say nothing of the difference in the carbon footprint.  Buying a cheap imported crib may result in a high price no one should have to pay.

If you have a crib made by one of the following from 2000 to 2009, contact the manufacturer for further assistance:
Child Craft
Delta Enterprise Corp
Evenflo
Jardine Enterprises
LaJobi
Million Dollar Baby
Simmons Juvenile Products Inc

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 8, 2010

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In 2008 while Dr. Laura Stachel was observing a hospital in Nigeria as part of her work in maternal child health.  The electricity went out and a C-section that was already in progress had to be completed with the aid of flashlights.  In some cases, women were bleeding to death during child birth because there were no phone systems with which to summon a doctor.  Dr. Stachel shared her frustration with her husband and together they created a “solar suitcase” she could take on the road with her.

Once back in Nigeria, Statchel’s “solar suitcase” was being used to power LED lights & walkie talkies as well as ultrasound machines.  As the word spread, other hospitals began submitting their requests for the solar energy kits.  This growing demand and the need to meet it gave rise to WeCareSolar.com.  So far, the “solar suitcase” has helped people in Nigeria, Tanzania, Mexico, Haiti, Thailand and Burma and will very soon be used in Uganda.

Each suitcase costs about $1,000 to build, but can mean the difference between life and death for a mother in labor and her baby.  We would like to celebrate this Mother’s Day by donating 1% of our total May sales to WeCareSolar.com and we encourage all our friends to join us in making a donation to this very worthy cause.


“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.  Everything gets reduced to essentials”,  Meryl Streep

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What Makes Amish Baby Furniture Such a Great Investment?

May 3, 2010

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Last week, we had the opportunity to meet one of the families that makes our baby nursery furniture & tour their workshop.  After a most pleasant drive through bucolic Northern Indiana, we arrived at the birthplace of some of this country’s finest solid hardwood furniture.  Being Hoosiers, we have always associated “Amish” with quality & value.  But for those that do not have the same familiarity with Amish hand crafted furniture, this relatively new cottage industry is sure to elevate your standards of fine furniture.

Not too long ago, during the boom years of this millennium, Northern Indiana was riddled with RV manufacturers, their suppliers and other related businesses.  When the economic downturn wiped these businesses out, the resilient & industrious Amish communities joined forces to create small family owned businesses offering nonpareil Amish baked goods, quilts, furniture & toys.  These much sought after goods were hard to come by in the past, but well worth the search.  Now, thanks to the internet, Amish hand crafted solid hardwood furniture is available to all Americans.

Amish hand crafted furniture is built according to old world standards that call for quality materials, expert hands & an eye for detail.  It is my belief that if we adopted some of the Amish ways, we would never experience another economic downturn (not to mention what it would do for our sense of community).  Unlike most of the practically disposable furniture found at major retailers, Amish furniture is meant to be passed down generation after generation.  If you make something well enough, it will last far longer & cost far less in the long run.

In addition to having a long life span, Amish furniture often transforms to offer multiple uses & save space.  Tables & chairs are built to accommodate a handful or a large group of people.  Our Amish Baby cribs easily change into day beds & eventually full size beds & back to cribs with conversion kits.  Available in 4, 6 & 8 drawers, our Amish Reversible Baby Changing Tables have drawer slides perfectly centered on the sides so that it can be flipped over to make a dresser once baby outgrows diapers.  There is even a high chair that when turned, becomes a rocking horse & turned again, becomes a writing desk.  In the coming months, we plan to feature more of these heirloom quality items.


The Amish are committed to working with other local businesses and source as much of their supplies locally as possible.  The lumber, hardware, stain/paint & even the powder coated mattress springs are made by local family owned businesses.  There are, of course, many other small businesses that indirectly benefit from this kind of local business community.  When one family benefits, they all benefit.  It’s so nice (and so rare these days) to be able to make such a positive impact in an entire community here at home.

Our furniture maker buys lumber from a local, family owned lumber yard that hand selects their wood species to ensure the highest quality.  The lumber is sawn by quality sawyers who make expert decisions about the best way to cut each individual log for maximum beauty & utility.  Once the lumber is shaped into the parts that will make a crib or a dresser, the pieces are joined together using mortise & tenon joints and English dovetails (both in front & back) that offer strength, stability & maximum storage capacity. 

The attention to detail really sets this furniture apart from mass produced pieces that look good brand new but do not stand the test of time.  Floating panels ensure that furniture will not warp or bend with changing climate conditions.  Euroglide full extension drawer slides allow you to fully open drawers effortlessly.  Each piece is hand finished with safe, non toxic, USA made stains but are also available unfinished.  Each coat of stain or paint is allowed to dry completely & then masterfully sanded before another coat is applied.  This, by the way, is one of the reasons why well made furniture takes several weeks to produce.  Once finished, your new piece of heirloom furniture can easily be kept clean with a damp cloth.  With very little care, Amish furniture will retain its unique charm for generation to come & its appearance is only enhanced with age.

 

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You choose the hardwood, you decide if & how it will be finished.  If you require customization, our master craftsmen will honor most requests.  In addition to our current offerings, other wood species, hardware, stain colors & finishing techniques are also available.  Both Baby Eco Trends & our furniture maker are committed to delivering excellent products & exceptional service.  We welcome any & all questions, concerns & feedback.  Thank you for shopping with us & thank you for buying furniture that is sustainably made in the USA!

A word about the Amish:

I encourage anyone interested in the Amish to do a bit of research on their history.  The facts are easy to find and rather interesting.  What I would like to point out is that contrary to popular belief, the Amish are not absolutely opposed to technology.  Most accept that technology is inevitable, what they would like to do is slow its march.  Within the community, the impact of any new technology is widely & openly discussed to determine its impact on family & community ties.  Wouldn’t that kind of thoughtfulness serve us well every time we were faced with the newest wave?  Trips like this always remind me that some of the most amazing things are actually very close to home.

 

How safe if your baby crib?

March 9, 2010

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All baby cribs sold in the USA must meet the minimum CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) safety requirements.  All baby cribs sold in the USA must also meet the Federal Hazardous Substances Act standards.  JPMA certification is optional & not required by law.

So, is a JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certified baby crib safer than one that is not JPMA certified?  The JPMA doesn’t go far beyond the requirements set forth by the CPSIA (Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008).  In 2007, the JPMA certified Simplicity crib recall affected over one million cribs.  The poorly designed Simplicity crib with its coveted JPMA seal of approval resulted in the deaths of three children.  This crib had been passing JPMA testing for nearly a decade before it was recalled; and the first recall occurred two years after the first child had died.

JPMA also has been dragging its feet when it comes to researching the safety of crib bumper pads & baby bottles containing BPA (Bisphenol-A).  Some have even accused JPMA of lobbying against baby bottle regulations.  JPMA has vigorously campaigned against making changes to the CPSC that would increase safety standards.  In our opinion, the JPMA seal alone is not enough.  JPMA is simply a sure sign that someone has paid a lot of money for certification.

We work primarily with small, family owned businesses that meet the CPSIA standards but who have not opted for the superfluous JPMA certification.  Our crib manufacturers voluntarily go beyond the requirements of the CPSIA & JPMA.  And even without the JPMA certification, our crib manufacturers have never had a recall.  Our baby nursery furniture makers take pride in creating beautiful & safe furniture that will last several generation after generation.  The furniture makers we feature do not mass produce.

As a nursery furniture retailer, we prefer to work with manufacturers that do not seek to only meet minimum safety requirements.  We screen for country of origin, materials used and manufacturing practices in addition to meeting CPSIA of 2008 standards.  We encourage all our customers to ask questions & conduct their own thorough research as opposed to relying on a purchased seal of approval.

Our nursery furniture makers are craftsmen creating family heirlooms on a small scale, the old fashioned way.  They are as interested in conserving, recycling & using sustainable, non toxic materials as we are.  Our USA made baby cribs use solid hardwoods, non toxic finishes/paints and non toxic adhesives.  Our solid wood baby cribs are formaldehyde free & use no particle board, no pressed wood, no MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) & no veneers.

We believe in supporting USA manufacturers that source their materials as close to home as possible and practice fair trade & labor standards.  We work hard to bring together a collection of sustainable baby products that do not pollute the air in baby’s nursery.  We take our mission seriously & would be happy to address any questions about the products we offer.  Thank you for considering American made baby furniture!

bumGenius AIO & One Size Cloth Diapers

December 14, 2009

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bumGenius is one of our best selling diapers and we often get questions about the differences between the bumGenius All-in-One, 3.0 One Size & the Organic 3.0 One Size.  So, here we have highlighted the differences between the three style of bumGenius cloth diapers along with some detailed images.  All 3 different cloth diapering systems come complete with inserts & covers.  Whether you buy the AIO, One Size or Organic One Size, you get a complete diaper.

 

The bumGenius All-in-One diapers (pictured in Moonbeam) have sewn-in absorbent layers with velcro closure tabs (with a little stretch for the prefect fit) and are the closest thing to a disposable diaper.  Sewn-in soft loop side velcro squares hold the velcro closure tabs in place during laundering.  All sizes (except the Extra Small) feature a pocket that can be used for additional diaper inserts for heavy wetters or overnight use.  It is a very simple system, favored by grandparents & day care centers because of ease of use.

Bulk discount for bumGenius Deluxe All-in-One Cloth Diapers:
$92.70 for 6
$179.40 for 12

Note:  For maximum discount, choose total desired quantity in one color & make note of color preferences in ‘Comments’ section at checkout.

The bumGenius 3.0 One Size (pictured in Zinnia) comes with two inserts that can be used individually or together for extra absorbency.  Included inserts fit snuggly into the diaper cover slot and are removed before laundering.  One Size diapers also feature stretchy velcro closure tabs for a perfect fit every time.  Sewn-in soft loop side velcro squares hold the velcro closure tabs in place during laundering.  Snaps in front adjust diaper to different sizes, fitting baby from 7-35lbs.

Bulk discount for bumGenius One Size Cloth Diapers:
$53.10 for 3
$104.70 for 6
$203.40 for 12

Note:  For maximum discount, choose total desired quantity in one color & make note of color preferences in ‘Comments’ section at checkout.

The bumGenius Organic 3.0 One Size (pictured in Ribbit) is the ultimate in comfort & luxury in a baby cloth diaper.  It features stretchy tabs with snap closures and 100% certified organic unbleached cotton super soft inserts.  The inserts are sewn in at both ends and do not need to be stuffed or separated before laundering.  It is just as easy as a disposable & snaps adjust diaper to fit baby from 7-35lbs.

Bulk discount for bumGenius Organic One Size Cloth Diapers:
$69.96 for 3
$134.95 for 6
$264.95 for 12

Note:  For maximum discount, choose total desired quantity in one color & make note of color preferences in ‘Comments’ section at checkout.

The Minimalist Baby Rattle

November 28, 2009

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The Timbur Heirloom Wood Rattles remind us that it’s never too early to appreciate art.  Available in two styles (Maple/Purpleheart & Maple/Padauk), they are the opposite of the mass produced plastic practically-disposable toys that are far too common on toy store shelves.  Designed by a husband & wife team, Ezra & Ania, these rattles are unlike anything we’ve seen.  You would be forgiven for mistaking them for works of art.  This rattle is made of beautiful hardwoods, filled with real shell beads and is a genuine one-of-a-kind heirloom toy.

Each Timbur rattle is finished with a non toxic blend of natural oils & wax and is moisture and stain resistant.  With an organic shape, this rattle is easy for little hands to grip and offers a smooth, rounded chewing surface & a more defined chewing surface to offer relief to sore gums.  If you’re looking for a holiday gift that will make a real impact & last for years to come, this is it.

Maple is the best known of the three hardwoods used in the Timbur Heirloom Wood Rattles.  Maple is a source of syrup, lumber, butcher’s blocks, smoking chips as well as various ornamental uses.  Even its seeds have been used as a source of food.  Maple is considered a tonewood, or a wood that carries sound waves well, and is used in numerous musical instruments. Maple is harder and has a brighter sound than Mahogany, the other major tonewood used in instrument manufacture.  Maple trees are a major source of pollen in early spring before many other plants have flowered and are important to the survival of honeybees.

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Exotically beautiful and durable, African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii) is often called the ‘Wood of Kings’. It is also known as mukwa, narra, barwood, corail, African coralwood, muenge, mbe, mbil, mututi, ngula, vermillion and yomo. About as heavy, but stronger than oak, African Padauk is highly valued and makes beautiful furniture, cabinets and musical instruments. Because of its great strength & exceptional decay resistance, padauk has been used to make seaworthy boats.

King Solomon chose padauk for the pillars of his temple. French Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI also favored a red-orange padauk they called narra. With it, royal woodworkers crafted the cups and chalices of the royal court. Padauk grows in tropical climates such as India, Indochina, the South Pacific, West Africa, and even southern Florida.

Purpleheart (Peltogyne spp) is a hardwood that is also known as amaranth, violetwood, coracy, pauroxo, pauferro, koroboreli, saka, nazareno, morado  and tananeo.  Purpleheart is prized for its beautiful grain with a fine, even texture.  It is a very heavy, dense wood with great stability and natural decay resistance.

Purpleheart is a bright, striking purple when freshly cut and darkens into a deep, rich purple with age.  It has a medium to fine texture with a medium to high luster.  Purpleheart has high bending qualities combined with strength & shock resistance.  It grows abundantly in Central and South America and is a worldwide favorite with countless uses.  The tall and large trees can reach a diameter of five feet with clear, knot free log lengths.

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