The Minimalist Baby Rattle

November 28, 2009

Filed under: Product Reviews — Baby Eco Trends @ 1:55 pm

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.

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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