Wicker furniture is something that has been a part of home decor for centuries. Wicker furniture has a rare combination of artistry and craftsmanship that gives it a style that cannot really be matched by any other type of furniture. This makes wicker furniture not only functional pieces of furniture, but also working pieces of art unto themselves. When one looks at the history of wicker furniture, they find that it is one of the only forms of furniture that is not actually affected by the artistic styles of the times, but rather is actually responsible for entire artistic styles.
For instance, there are many trends in Celtic art that take their cues from the patterns and styling of wicker furniture. With all of this influence, one might expect that wicker furniture would stay the same forever. However, that is certainly not the case. As technology has advanced, so too have a few of the methods used to make these ancient marvels of furniture construction, bringing about such things as resin wicker furniture. While it may not seem at first like resin wicker furniture is anything all that special, in truth it answers some of the greatest problems that wicker furniture faces.
Before you take a look at the problems that resin wicker furniture solves, you must first understand what exactly it is. In essence, it is simply wicker furniture that has been coated in resin. Resin, in its natural form, is derived from various different types of plants and can be used as a stain or varnish for surfaces, such as pieces of wicker furniture. Of course, like just about anything that is commonly produced by nature, people have found ways to produce artificial resin that functions very similarly to its natural counterpart.
The truly important question remains, though. This is, of course, the question of why you would want to have resin wicker furniture in the first place. While the question is short and simple, however, the answer most decidedly is not. The most notable answer, though, can be found simply by looking at any piece of wicker furniture that has ever been made. What is wrong with a piece of wicker furniture? Well, to put it simply, it is the material from which it is made: wood.
Wood has proven throughout history to be an excellent building material for countless different things, from houses to tiny boxes in which you can store your trinkets. However, it is important to note that it has a few problems, which can be seen in wicker furniture. For instance, wood rots when wet. This problem is largely solved by the production of resin wicker furniture. The resin that is applied to the surface of the wicker furniture is used to (among other things) keep water from soaking into the wood of the furniture, which in turn prevents the wicker from rotting. This makes resin wicker furniture a remarkably durable as well as extremely resistant to the harsh elements of weather.
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