Tuesday, December 29, 2009

One Of The Many Uses Of The Palm


Date palms are useful in virtually any form. We eat the fruit in early autumn for the fresh crisp dates, but dried or fermented they are available all year round. The fiber of the frond can be used to make mats and baskets while the wooden rib can be split and formed to make furniture like this garden sofa. They don't last forever but they are comfortable and inexpensive. Just ask Geo.

10 comments:

Dina said...

The pattern is beautiful.
And Geo looks like a sweet dog.

r l n ! said...

Lovely! Filipinos use bamboo for furniture as well, and like these ones of palm, they're beautifully aesthetic.

How long do they last then?

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

They are good for a number of years, depending on whether you spray them regularly with kerosene or something to discourage the beetles that want to eat them. I don't use much of that and replace about every three or four years.

r l n ! said...

Thanks, Maryanne, for the tip. When i lived in the bush in Taveuni (Fiji), i also poked kerosene-laced Q-tips into the termite-infested holes (our bure was made of timber from the farm, and corrugated iron) of the wooden beams.

Another use for kerosene -- applied also with a Q-tip -- foot fungus! We live up in the mountains,where it rains a lot -- we often got our feet wet and muddy.

brattcat said...

There is such a natural grace and beauty to these.

Merri said...

where's the palm fan for someone to fan to keep Geo cool? ; )
- The Equestrian Vagabond

angie nader said...

i never knew their were so many uses for kerosene...i feel the need to get some now.

r l n ! said...

One more use for kerosene (in case Angie Nader wanted to know)-- to stretch out tight rubber bands, soak in kerosene for a just a minute or so.

And if you can't light a fire like a "SURVIVOR" contestant, just a tablespoonful of kerosene will do the trick.

Candice said...

What a cute dog and great bench!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

O what an unusual bench even if it only lasts a few years.