How its Made
Our craftsmen have been trained over the last 25 years in traditional woodworking skills, and are experts in producing very accurate and strong wood to wood joints such as mortice & tennon, dovetail & sliding dovetail, expanded tennon, half lap and so on. These joints, provided they are well constructed, form the strongest possible wood furniture joints. The glues used are always tested to ensure that the bond is stronger than the timber used to make the joint.
The timber we use is some of the hardest and most durable in the world (just pick up one of our Zambezi Teak products and this will be abundantly clear!). The upside is that the furniture will last forever if looked after, but the downside is that it is very difficult to work. We have developed methods of work to handle this timber, and all our tools are tipped in tungsten carbide that is regularly sharpened on diamond wheels to ensure a perfectly cut joint.
African Touch products are made with solid hardwood throughout. Other cabinet & furniture makers use plywood and other man made boards for hidden components such as drawer bases or backs of cabinets, which we will never do. Where we use fittings, such as hinges or drawer slides, only the best quality solid brass or stainless steel imported components will find their way into an African Touch product!