On to the perils
Due to sudden changes in temperature or humidity or sometimes just over time, the continuous expanding and contracting of wood can lead to warping. Though wood can warp from anywhere, well-seasoned wood is usually only at risk around the joints. This is because while a solid piece of wood will remain structurally intact, two pieces of wood which have been joined at an angle will have expanded or contracted slightly differently. As they shrink or expand in opposite directions, you may begin to notice a gap in the wood. Sometimes, this can happen overnight. Though the chipping of paint on the surface can make it look like a dangerous crack, it is actually quite safe to continue using a piece where the joints have only been exposed on the surface.
Unlike engineered wood, which can not be repaired once damaged, solid wood can usually be repaired or touched up. When this happens, a simple procedure by a painter will fill the gap and bring it back to looking new in the span of a couple of hours. If it is something decorative, you may even appreciate the beauty of a time-worn piece. Whenever you get a Parrot & Lily piece, it is a commitment beyond one lifetime. We would always be happy to help you with any maintenance on our pieces. In fact, we would encourage you to consult us before conducting any touch-ups on your piece.
You may be thinking, “I don’t control the weather and I surely don’t live on a beach. What are these sudden changes of temperature that are taking place in my living room?” If you use any kind of heater in the winter or an air fan in summer, that would be it. If you sleep with the air conditioner on at night then throw the windows open in the morning, that would do it too. And if you live in any part of India during the monsoon, that would most certainly do it. Inevitably you will notice the wood in your pieces moving over the course of months. Sometimes, you may notice this happening in weeks. You can take it as confirmation that your piece is crafted in solid wood and no artificial and toxic resins and glues have been used to keep it together.