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Traditional Solid Body TEAK Wood Dummies

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Only the best reclaimed old teak wood from Java, Indonesia is used. Java is one of the best places for this type of wood. What is the meaning of "reclaimed old teak wood"? This means that the trees were at least 60 years old when they were cut down and also that they were cut down many decades ago thus making this the best quality wood. None of the wood used has come from freshly cut trees. Much of the wood is coming from very old teak houses, boats or furniture. This is better for the environment and also since the wood has been around for a long time It is very dry and therefore excellent for exporting.

We choose this wood because of its special qualities. It is very strong and can withstand extreme temperature and weather conditions. It is also rich in natural oils so it is naturally water resistant and resistant to wood boring insects. Old teak wood is especially good for playing Wing Chun because of its outer softness and inner strength like steel wrapped with cotton. In addition, the old teak wood is a beautiful dark red and or golden brown. When the golden brown color streaks through the wood it looks like sun rays in a sunset. Because of its natural beauty we choose only natural finishing products with no added color. Natural finishing products will not irritate your skin.

The best feature of the Dummy is the leg. It is one solid piece of antique Teak Wood from the trunk to the ground. Very strong, approximately 8cm/ 3.25in in diameter at the top and 6cm/ 2.25in in diameter at the bottom. Also the leg has a bit of room in the trunk to move around. This makes it great for practicing sweeping techniques. Some consider this leg to be best for perfecting your footwork.

Important Note on Care: These solid body dummies should be kept in the normal humidity range, which is 50-60%. After extensive testing we see that most dummies hold up well at 40% humidity, but anything under that (esp 25-30% humidity) can cause the dummies to start to crack if you are not careful. Anything over 69% and you might develop mold in your house, so that should be avoided as well. This range is considered ideal for humans as well as dummies. If you are in an arid environment you should consider getting a humidifier. Please get a good hydrometer (they are cheap) to monitor the humidity in the area the dummy will be kept. Prevention of cracks is your responsibility. The dummies can be acclimatized to the arid environments, but it must be done over the course of 6 months to a year, so you would have to slowly drop the humidity in the room over that time until you got down to 30% or lower. Please keep in mind most dummies crack when people turn on an A/C or heater and the relative humidity in a room drops 20% or more in a day. These rapid humidity changes are to be avoided.