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    Posted: 21 Jan 2019 at 1:04pm
My sisters and I have inherited a table and chairs from our parents. They were made from fustic. This is a Jamaican hardwood, originally used in dyes. The tree was grown on our grandparents’ plantation. It was felled in the mid-1960’s and then made into a table and chairs which travelled from the Caribbean to the UK in the 1970’s. It is a very hard wood so the Jamaican craftsmen did not use it much, preferring mahogany. However, fustic has a wonderful yellow colour (hence its use in dyes).
We are trying to find a home for the table and chairs. I am hoping that someone/somewhere  might be able to make use of this wood, recycling/upcyling it into new pieces. It is so unusual that we are hoping that someone might enjoy using it. We are happy to donate it to a woodworker or craftsperson. At the moment, the pieces are stored in Markyate, Hertfordshire, so easy access to and from London and the Home Counties. 
I appreciate that this is an unusual request but we’d prefer the timber to be reused rather than taken to the dump if no one wants it.
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