Wilh van der Merwe
Darren Myburgh and Ernst Mittermair
Poisoned False Thorn
False Thorn (Sand Kiaat) Tree
The U-shape underpinning this design brings the conventional table into fold by exploring the continuous flow of two pieces of timber as they merge and separate to show the natural and the architectural line. The solid timber grain runs floor to floor in one fluid sweep. This dining room table is an ergonomical masterpiece.
Family: Fabaceae: subfam. Mimosoideae | Synonym: Albizia mossambicensis Sim
This is a deciduous tree and can grow into massive giants in the African bushveld. Thorn-like leaves and creamy white, half-spherical shaped flowers characterise the tree. The pods and seeds are poisonous for animals to eat.
WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?
The false thorn is found in the drier areas of Africa, in countries like Angola, South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia.
The wood has an attractive colour and is suitable for flooring, light furniture and interior trimming. Traditionally the wood is used for drums, stampers and ornamental carving.
The bark of the tree is used for tanning, fibre, arrow poison, traditional medicine and as a substitute for soap. It is a beautiful and easy wood to work with, but not a favourite among woodcrafters as the sawdust causes nasal, throat and eye irritation.