“MonkeyPod” is a word you will often see stamped on the bottom of wooden Mid Century pieces. But what exactly is and how do you identify it? Today we will explore this mid century staple.
WHAT IS IT?
MonkeyPod, also known as a rain tree, is a type of a wood from Central and South America that is often found planted in many tropical areas.
HOW TO IDENTIFY IT?
Monkeypod wood is usually a warm golden to a darker brown color. It often times has darker streaks worked within the grain. Some of the monkeypod wood from Hawaii will have a more red hue to it.
HOW DID IT BECOME A MID CENTURY STAPLE?
Hawaiian and tropical decor became all the rage back in the 50’s and 60’s (some say because of the aftermath of soldiers bringing home souvenirs from the tropics in WWII and other say it is because of the increased use of air travel during this time period). Regardless of the reason, tourist destinations, such as Hawaii, began using this wood to make popular souvenir dishes. The famous pineapple dishes began popping up all over homes and so did the use of this wood.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT?
In most instances, rubbing it down with a clean cloth will work well. If you do have to wash it, be sure to dry it immediately and don’t let it sit in water. Often times a stain pen will help with any nicks or scratches. The best bet to get it good, shiny and clean…wipe your pieces down with mineral oil! (I usually grab an inexpensive bottle of the stuff when I make my Ikea runs!)
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