OUR COCO WOOD IS FROM THE JUNGLE
We go into the jungle with chainsaws, a wooden cart, a caribou and a few good men and women. These first stands are made of a coconut tree that fell over a river. Otherwise, we like to cut trees more than seventy years old, as they have stopped bearing fruit. Guess what they’re called? They’re called SENILE trees.
There are twenty-five million coconut trees in the Philippines; more than enough for us to make some cell phone stands and coco wood products.
It’s an all day job, getting through jungle to the tree, cutting them, then getting the wood back out. Up and down mountainsides with carts and caribou is something to be seen. That’s just the beginning process.
CUT BY CHAINSAW
The saw guy cuts the tree into sections first. Most will be made into boards, so they’re cut to whatever length the carpenter needs.
Then cutting boards begins. It’s done by eye; by hand; by chainsaw. I’ve never seen it done like this before; Filipinos do it all the time. They use huge, long chainsaw bars and chains to keep the blade straight in line; the skill of the cutter is what sets them square and level from start to finish and from board to board. Our guy is amazing!
BOARDS ARE CUT TOO
Then we make our thick cut sections for coco stands. Big blocks of coco-wood.
Here’s a video of how it’s done. You won’t see this anywhere else…
If it looks dangerous; that’s cause it is.
CARIBOU AND MOTORCYCLE BRING IT HOME
Next it’s carried by hand to the cart and caribou, up the hill, down dirt roads, boards go to the new build and blocks of coco go to my home on the beach to make into coco cell stands. They get to my house by motorcycle, by the way.
Coco wood from this tree built this house too…
This is the front yard of our home, where the stands get made.
SEE HOW WE WORK THE COCO WOOD
Finishing coco wood isn’t easy, but the results are worth it.
Have a look and see how we do it… Finishing coco wood