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Tonga chair


The African Touch Tonga hardwood chair is carefully hand carved from specially selected Zambezi Teak timber (formerly referred to as Rhodesian Teak) to give an ergonomically designed seat and backrest that are very comfortable even after hours of use!

The final shaping is done by hand with a spokeshave, before the chair is assembled with precisely cut and angled mortice and tennon joints.

The result is a modern, stylish chair robustly built for years of use.

For more info on the Tonga Chair, please see ‘Product details’ below:

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The Design

Richard Lowe designed The Tonga hardwood chair 1994. The result is one of our earliest and most successful products.

The backrest is the key to the design. Richard designed a solid slab of Zambezi Teak curved ergonomically to fit most backs. The result is be a chair one can sit in for long hours at your favourite table. It took many trials to get the design we have today. The final shaping is done by hand with a spokeshave.

Similar attention was paid to the solid hardwood seat. It is hand carved to and designed to fit snug to your posterior, and for that reason is a comfortable seat. Finishing is done very carefully to give a smooth, beautifully clear natural hardwood chair.

The the chair is assembled with precisely cut and angled mortice and tenon joints. Large, invisible corner blocks provide great strength to the chair.

The material

This hardwood chair is built from that fantastic hardwood, Zambezi Teak. It is very difficult to work with, but the wonderful grain and colour make it all worth while. Also available in African Mahogany.

The uses of the Tonga hardwood chair

The result is a modern, stylish chair robustly built for years of use. The Tonga Chair makes an excellent companion to our Bridge Table or Boardroom Table.

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Lacquer, Oil


1. Zambezi Teak, 2. African Mahogany

To protect your lacquered finish please place your table away from direct sunlight. Apply a good furniture wax or polish, initially twice a month, thereafter once a month. Apply sufficient to thinly cover the surface. As it dries (becomes dull) buff with a clean cloth until a beautiful sheen is achieved. Between waxings, keep the finish clean with a soft cloth or duster, and buff without wax.

When you make your enquiry we will discuss delivery options with you.

Camps and lodges:

For camps and lodges in Southern Africa we can quote on delivery
with our transport or you may arrange collection.
For East Africa and beyond it is often more convenient for us to
quote containerised freight for large orders and air freight to nearest
airport for smaller orders.

International Orders:

Certain knock down products can be delivered by courier direct to you.
Slightly cheaper is to organise air freight to your nearest airport.
For large orders we can quote containerised delivery by sea.

Smaller orders in Southern Africa:

We will quote for delivery by courier or our transport depending on your location.


For orders to Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America we provide a
Certificate of Origin so that duty is not payable in your country of destination.

Orders supplied from stock we request payment in full when the order is placed.
For products made to order we request a 50% deposit on order
with the balance paid on completion.

We cannot offer a warrantee on chairs except for defects in material and workmanship that affect the integrity of the chair under normal use and weight limits. The reason for this is that chairs can be subject to huge stresses (such as when a heavy person rocks back on the back legs) that are impossible to compensate for in the construction of the chair without compromising on the design appeal.

We build with timber harvested from natural forests. The charm of this material is that no two pieces are exactly the same in colour, character or grain, and they will contain natural imperfections such as knots, stress cracks and so on that enhance their authenticity and attractiveness. As a result no 2 pieces will ever be identical and products may have natural imperfections. However, these will never be allowed to compromise the quality of construction of your piece.

The African Touch will not in any circumstances be liable for any claim which falls outside the scope of our warranty or for any consequential damages whatsoever.

For large orders we offer discounts. Please see the table below for the % offered.

Number of Tonga Chairs ordered % discount offered
10 10%
20 15%
30 20%

Prices include shipping to your nearest main port. Should you require shipment ‘Door to Door’ or to an isolated port we may need to update your quote depending on the extra cost. The price excludes fees at the port of entry (customs clearance, tax such as VAT etc).

Questions? Call +27 73 080 5593