Where exceptional materials underpin timeless design.
Our Rocker Bases are crafted from a selection of beautiful real timbers.
Australian Spotted Gum
Known for its striking appearance and a high degree of natural durability and strength, our sustainably-sourced Spotted Gum is one of Australia’s premium hardwoods. Architects and designers value Spotted Gum timber for its grain structure, attractive markings and vibrant colour palette. It’s robust, and is often used to make fine furniture, polo sticks, baseball bats and boats.
The colour of its heartwood can range from light brown through to dark red-brown hues. Like fingerprints and snowflakes, no two Spotted Gum rocker bases are identical. Despite the name, products made from Spotted Gum aren’t covered in spots, the timber earned its name because the smooth greyish-white bark of the corymbia maculata (Spotted Gum) tree is shed in flakes, leaving conspicuous spots.
The beautiful grain patterns, rich brown colours, and great workability of American Walnut places this timber in a class of its own for architects, designers and woodworking professionals. It’s a popular choice for use in furniture, joinery and other fine woodworking, so it was only natural for Makarlu to include American Walnut in the range.
American Walnut is native to the eastern regions of North America. The colour of its heartwood ranges from a golden to a rich chocolate brown colour, sometimes with narrow streaks of a darker purplish-brown. American Walnut is a fine and generally straight-grained timber, although often it has an attractive wavy or curly grain, giving it a highly decorative figure.
European Ash is an important timber in Scandinavian furniture and interior design, and is now bringing its beautiful grain and light tones to the Makarlu range. European Ash varies from white through to pale brown, making it an attractive option for use in chairs, dining tables, joinery, architectural features and hardwood flooring. In the past this versatile timber was even used in boat and plane building, mainly due to being a strong yet relatively lightweight hardwood.
European Ash is the European equivalent to White Ash of North America, with both woods being light coloured to nearly white, and generally straight-grained with a uniform texture.
East Asian Bamboo
Bamboo holds deep-rooted cultural significance in East Asia, in no small part thanks to its characteristic strength, versatility, rapid growth, and natural regeneration. Musical instruments, furniture, fishing rods, buildings, bridges, textiles and even weapons are some of the traditional and contemporary applications of this majestic plant.
Its high strength-to-weight ratio, sustainable qualities and light earthy colours make East Asian Bamboo a solid option as a Makarlu rocker base.
Bamboo justifiably earns its reputation amongst designers as a sustainable resource because it is amongst the fastest-growing plants in the world. In suitable conditions, bamboo has been known to grow at a rate of one metre per day!