Developed in Norway, Kebony is an environmentally friendly, patented process that enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid. The process permanently modifies the wood cell walls, giving Kebony premium hardwood characteristics and a rich brown color throughout in two basic steps.
Impregnation is the process in which the wood is infused in furfuryl alcohol produced from a bio-based liquid to make it dimensionally stable.
After impregnation, the wood is heated, also known as curing. The resulting polymer, which is now permanently locked into the wood cells, is stable and will not disintegrate or leach out of the wood.
After modification, the wood cell walls are 50 percent thicker due to the stable, locked-in polymers. This permanent modification of the wood cell walls gives the final wood product outstanding stability, the maximum amount of hardness and a guaranteed long life. Kebony wood also provides a high level of safety as the wood does not splinter and contains no toxins or chemicals, as well as staying cooler in the summer.
Because Kebony permanently changes the wood’s behaviors as compared to natural woods, there is no need to consistently maintain the surface for longevity; you can simply let the
wood naturally gray like Ipé or other Brazilian hardwoods.