Gys Potgieter and Darren Myburgh
Poisoned False Thorn
False Thorn (Sand Kiaat) Tree
The false thorn coffee table displays the beautiful intricate grain and light to golden brown colour of the wood. The table is light and airy, creating a floating and weightless effect symbolising a cascading waterfall flowing with the grain down the surface of the leg. This piece literally gleams with beauty.
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.