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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Sheesham Wood

One of the finest furniture timbers available, Sheesham wood is used to manufacture Myakka’s Mallani, Hathi, Chandra and Thakat furniture ranges. 
Sheesham Wood Source

Dalbergia sissoo (Sheesham/Shisham) is also known as Indian Rosewood and is a beautiful hardwood, indigenous to India, Pakistan and Nepal.  The timber is a fast growing species with typical growth rate of around 3 metres per annum.  All timber for Myakka furniture is sourced from government managed plantations which are rotated over a 6-10 year period to ensure the wood supply is sustainable.


 Sheesham Wood Sample

Sheesham Wood Furniture
The wood has a rich chestnut colour and is ideally suited to furniture making due to its hard nature and close grain that polishes well and finishes to a smooth surface.  As a natural material each piece of Sheesham timber has individual markings and characteristics resulting in every item of furniture being totally unique.

 There are many advantages to using Sheesham wood in the construction of furniture:

  •  it seasons well which means it is less likely to warp or split
  •  the wood takes a good polish and finishes to a smooth lustre
  •  the beautiful natural patterns make for an enchanting finish to enjoy in your home
Sheesham Wood Furniture Production
Initially all timber for furniture manufacture is chemically treated to eradicate any resident parasites before being kiln dried to reduce the moisture content to 6-7%, to ensure stability in the UK environment and thereby massively reducing the chance of any movement.


The wood is then processed in the factory using a combination of the latest high-tech German machinery and traditional craftsmanship.  Every piece of Myakka furniture is designed with specific tolerances to absorb any changes to the timber which may occur with the change of climate.  Once construction is complete and quality control checks are passed, a stain is applied to the lighter sap wood to create a more uniform colour finish and then each piece of furniture is hand waxed.  This is where the true character of this timber is brought to life and the natural lustre of the wood developed.


Sheesham Chest

Mallani Blanket Boxes: awaiting QC & Finishing 
Sheesham Wood Furniture Care

Once in your home, to protect your new furniture we recommend the use of Mylands Antique Mahogany Wax which helps to nourish the wood.  Dependant on the level of use, we recommend re-waxing the furniture every 6 months to maintain the deep lustre and nourish the timber. We do not advise the use of any silicon based furniture polish or wax.


As each piece is hand waxed, we recommend you protect the wood from marks caused by hot or wet items.  Should a piece become marked, the original beauty of the wood can be restored very easily by lightly rubbing with wire wool (grade 0000) around the area, ensuring you rub in the direction of the grain, before finishing with Mylands Antique Mahogany Wax.  Watch this video to find out more:




While every piece of timber is thorough seasoned, natural hardwood can react to changes in relative humidity and there is a possibility that there could be slight movement in the furniture, beyond the tolerances allowed in design.  This will generally settle over time, but in some cases drawers or door panels may require a light sanding and finishing with furniture wax to re-establish normal service.

In summary, Sheesham wood furniture will look fantastic whilst being hardy enough to deal with the stresses and strains of everyday use.  It is a beautiful hardwood that is incredibly easy to live with and offers an exceptionally good value alternative to laminate and veneer furniture.

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  3. I recently bought a sheesham dining table which is stained grey. I noticed that if anything oily gets on it, it causes a dark spot that is impossible to remove, even with 0000 steel wool. I applied two coats of Minwax paste finishing wax. It still picks up oily stains. Does this mean a protective finish was never applied to the wood? I would like to remove the wax and the grey stain and return it to it's original chestnut color. Do you have any advice specific to sheesham wood? Thanks.

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