A Silkwood Traders natural wood wine or olive oil bottle holder starts life as a jackfruit tree from managed plantations. After being harvested each wine holder is carefully prepared to ensure correct balance, hand-painted and layer upon layer of clear lacquer applied over a period of several months. In between each layer of lacquer, the item is left to dry, sanded back and then another layer applied which highlights the beautiful grain of the wood. It also results in a strong and robust finish which can withstand most bumps and drops. But always better to be safe than sorry so we always advise to handle with care. After all, it took three months to make!
The natural wood wine or olive oil bottle holder is very easy to use. Just place on a flat surface with the hole facing upright to either your right or left and place the neck of the bottle through the hole. Ensure the neck is nice and securely through, then gently let go. The wine bottle will balance! Try pushing the neck further through or further back for even more extreme balancing effects! And, as long as you’ve put the cork or lid back on nice and tightly, you can use it even if your bottle has been opened.
Some customers have told us they display empty bottles that remind them of a special event such as an anniversary or a very special night (ssh – your secret is safe with us!) or just because they loved the label! However you choose to use yours, it’s sure to be a real visual treat and stunning way to display your bottle.
Your natural wood wine or olive oil bottle holder will come packaged in its own plain black fabric protective sleeve and shipped in strong cardboard box. We also include an information card about how lacquerware is made which also includes instructions on `how to use your wine holder’.
Jackfruit – the magic tree!
Jackfruit tree wood, which is used to make our natural wood wine or olive oil bottle holder, is truly a magic tree. Not only does it produce the largest fruit in the world, it does so over and over again each season, providing a cheap, plentiful, nutritious food source, medicines, wood for timber, dye for clothes, glue and food source for goats!
Each tree can grow up to 150 jackfruits over the two harvest seasons it can have each year making it an invaluable food source. It has even been hailed as a miracle solution to alleviating starvation in many areas of the world and as a way of meeting the challenges of climate change which could see traditional crops in some areas of the world die out.
Typically growing in sub-tropical locations in South and South-east Asia, each tree requires regular pruning to maintain its productivity. It’s easy to grow, drought-tolerant and disease-resistant. The timber has a long tradition of being used in building Ruong houses in the central provinces of Vietnam, shelters in Hoi An and Hue, Buddhist statues and fish sauce barrels. In other areas of Asia it is prized for making musical instruments.
As the jackfruit tree is indigenous to Vietnam, it’s viewed as a sustainable crop which means it adds to the ecosystem and doesn’t destroy it. It has adapted to the local climate and all parts of the tree can be used.
Here at Silkwood Traders, jackfruit wood is used in many of our products including the round tealights, bowls, vases, trinket boxes and of course, our natural wood wine holders.