Against a background of dwindling tropical forests, Vecowood has been developed as an alternative to hardwoods. The timber is formed from fast-growing plantation timber and uses the Veco organic wood modification process that changes the characteristics of plantation timber to mimic those of hardwood. In the process, a non-toxic, water-based formulation consisting of a natural vegetable oil and resin, along with other modifiers and polymerising agents is impregnated into Radiata pine.

This forms a rigid, insoluble polymer within the wood cells. The impregnated timber is then kiln-dried to cure the formulation and the result, says Kurawood, is a strong, hard, stable, machinable and odourless wood.

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