We very much appreciate the very fine-pored wood of the apple. It is medium-hard, not too long-fibred and has its own very valuable character for a wooden comb. It is mechanically very smooth to work with. We do not always have apple wood available, because the quality we need is rare.
We need apple trees with a diameter of at least 50cm, which have no twisted growth and no rotten spots. Once we have obtained this trunk from fruit growers in the region, the wood is stored for 8-10 years. If the wood has not cracked during the drying process, we can make beautiful wooden combs from it.
For decades, an apple tree grows and grows, giving us such a wonderful fruit every autumn – the apple.
The symbolism ranges from the fall of man, to feminine power, love and beauty, to lordly power.
How does the apple and the apple tree affect you personally? This is an invitation to sit under an apple tree with an apple in your hand and simply feel into the moment and enjoy the moment attentively.
Cherry wood has been the wood we use to make most combs for a few years now. It is probably the rather dark, vibrant colour that our customers are attracted to.
Sometimes more red or green or yet more shyly yellow – no wood in our workshop is so consistently different in colour and smells so fruity sweet when sawn as the wood of the cherry tree. This smell is reminiscent of cherry blossoms, which in Japan and other countries stand for purity and beauty. The usually hard, dense and fine-pored wood of many cherry varieties is well suited for our wood combs. Through the influence of light and the absorption of the hair grease, your cherry wood comb becomes darker bit by bit. Often, warm red tones emerge, which created beautiful furniture during the Art Nouveau or Biedermeier periods.
Forest bathing – Shinrin-yoku – is available on prescription in Japan.
Scientists have proven that the forest air is full of natural terpenes that are absorbed into our bodies through breathing and the skin and have been shown to be an immune booster.
A happiness booster is what I call an encounter with cherry trees in the forest in spring. Suddenly there is a fruity smell and the green of the conifers and deciduous trees is complemented with the colours white and pink.
There is always time for a rest by the cherry tree.
Strictly speaking, we would have to differentiate between plum and damson. Thanks to the Franconian dialect, a plum is a damson and thus we have damson wood alone.
Plum wood is a rarity. We don’t look for it, because it finds us. It is fruit growers or private individuals who cut down a plum tree and then contact us to see if we are interested.
Drying is a delicate and lengthy process. If it is successful, we have a fantastic wood for our combs. Hard and fine-pored with a unique colour combination of pink, violet and brown. The grain is often reminiscent of flame patterns. It is not surprising that plum wood is attributed to the elements of fire and earth.
People who get involved with the tree and the wood feel that the wood strengthens self-confidence and reminds them of their own strengths.
Not all wood is the same, not all fruit is the same and no two people are the same and that is a good thing.
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