One question we often get asked is ‘why does DrawMe use solid Beech for their sensory and education products?’
During our development stages of DrawMe we tested numerous different woods, some soft woods and some hard woods, we quickly found that soft woods such as Cedar and Pine are more susceptible to the elements and react to changes in temperature and humidity. This caused our boards to bend, warp and cup so we quickly moved away from using soft woods and started to explore hard woods, that although are affected by the elements being a natural resource, changed in a much slower and less proportionate rate.
We came across Beech during tests and never looked back, Beech wood its self has a medium to hard density and a straight grain. This grain structure means that it has a uniform texture and therefore good appearance, something I’m sure you can all agree is perfect for our boards. Beech is also known for keeping bacteria away and is often used to make chopping boards because of this, it is also used regularly in the manufacture of sports equipment and musical instruments.
The decision was made, Beech was the wood of choice for DrawMe so know we just had to source it. Using a company that certified all of our Beech as FSC was paramount for us, as a sustainable resource manufacturer and lovers of nature it is essential to us that all of our boards are made with wood that bares the FSC mark. FSC certification means that our wood is harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious, and economically viable. We can all do our part to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in land fills and taking the extra step to ensure our planet is managed responsibly as we use natural products is key for DrawMe.