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5 Questions with Wood Expert and Founder of LUMBERmart, Charles Lee.
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H&D: LUMBERmart specialises in imported high-quality timber flooring and has expanded to the creation of furniture and kitchen worktops. Can you elaborate a little about the available collections, designs, durability and the maintenance aspects of solid wood furniture?

C: At LUMBERmart, we pride ourselves on being a team of wood artisans with specializations in traditional solid wood joinery and carpentry. Most of the carpenters in the market have lost their skills in wood joinery and carpentry. It’s to build pieces of solid wood furniture without the use of nails and screws. We call it “Tanggam” in Malay. In the past, we had craftsmen who used Tanggam in building the famous Istana Lama Sri Menanti in Negeri Sembilan. With little maintenance required, it remains standing for more than 100 years on. We aim to build furniture that lasts for a few generations. On a personalised scale, we’re able to engrave the owners’ name and the year a piece of furniture is made. These make great pieces to pass down from one generation to the next. Not much maintenance is required if these furniture are used indoors. You need only to wipe them down with a damp cloth.

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