from our manufacturer, d-bodhi:
When you only see the finished furniture, you would have no idea what goes into making it. That’s why we thought it was time to share more of our story.
Obtaining wood for production is much more complicated than you might imagine. Each week, come rain or shine, our wood team sets out on the long six-hour drive to East Java in our specially equipped 4-wheel drive jeep. Last January, at the peak of the rainy season, a video crew went along to document the journey.
Most of the reclaimed wood comes from old houses in remote villages. Local teams are on the ground and when someone wants to sell their house, they contact us. To assure we buy the best quality wood at a fair price and process for everyone, we go directly to meet the families once the basic negotiation is finalized.
A unique set of circumstances makes this wood available.
Extended farming families in tiny rural hamlets tucked into the hills of East Java still build beautifully simple knock-down wooden houses … made of plentiful teak that grows all around that area. The roads into these settlements are often nothing more than a dirt track through the woods. And sometimes the only way in is to walk. There’s a strong traditional adat or local customary law that says a house shouldn’t be passed down more than three generations. When it’s time, the house is sold and fresh wood is bought to begin again. While some people do want to have a more modern home with at least cement floors … since most have simple dirt floors … the cost to bring the building materials into these isolated valleys is usually too high. So a teak wood house is built anew.
end of part 1