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We are a small family business located in Chios, Greece. We make products from all kinds of wood. We have a workshop near the town and a store in the central market of the island.

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Wood according to botanology is a hard, fibrous cellulosic substance, that makes up the stems, the trunk and the roots of trees and other woody plants. There are two main classifications of wood: hardwoods and softwoods. The terms have nothing to do with the physical hardness or strength of the wood but refer to botanical differences. The diversity of trees is immense, since there are over 30.000 species of hardwood trees and around 750 species of softwood.

TYPES OF WOOD FOUND IN CHIOS ISLAND

Pistacia lentiscus (also mastic tree or sxinos) is a dioecious evergreen shrub or small tree of the pistacio genus growing up to 5 m (13 ft) tall which is cultivated for its aromatic resin, on the Greek island of Chios. Sxinos wood is of great quality, with its heartwood being particularly hard compared to its sapwood and ideal for small turning projects. Another characteristic that makes sxinos wood special and unique is the frequency of imperfections appeared on its bark, such as knots

Pistacia terebinthus, known commonly as terebinth and turpentine tree, is a species of Pistacia, closely related to Pistacia lentiscus (mastic tree) and Pistacia vera, native to the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean region from the western regions of Morocco and Portugal to Greece. Terebinth wood has a fine grain and a nice dark color.  

The olive, known by the botanical name Olea europaea, is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, found in the Mediterranean Basin. Its wood has a cream or yellowish-brown color, with darker brown streaks and wavy grains. It turns superbly and finishes well.

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MASTIHA

Mastiha is a unique resin obtained from the mastic tree that grows in the greek island of Chios. It is known as the “tears of Chios” and, like other natural resins, is produced in “tears” or droplets.

Μastic tree or sxinos tree (Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia) is a dioecious evergreen shrub. Its wood is of great quality, while many imperfections, such as knots, appear on its bark, making it special and unique.

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LALADES

the wild tulips of Chios
Chian tulips, or lalades, as the residents of Chios call them, from the Turkish word lale, grow during the spring, filling the island with colour and fragrance. There are about 14 wild varieties of tulips native to Chios. These flowers impressed the Dutch sailors who arrived on the island in the Medieval times and took some seeds back to their country. That is how the Dutch started cultivating tulips, which have become their trademark ever since.

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XYSTA

at Pyrghi village
At Pyrgi village of Chios one can see scraped designs called Xysta on the facades of the houses. This is a technique of hand-engraving geometric motifs in black and white on plaster. These Xysta, reminiscent of the Italian Sgraffito, a form of decoration which stems from Genoa, has made Pyrgi unique.

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KAMPOS

Kampos area is a place full of scents and history, where the natural environment is in total harmony with the local architecture. It is widely known for the impressive mansions with their citrus fruit gardens.

The gardens used to be watered through wells with “maganos”, a traditional way of irrigation, and were protected with high walls made of the local reddish stone from Thimiana village.
The architecture of the area is impressive, including arched doors and windows, huge iron garden doors and marble paved yards (“votsalota”). The area is protected by the Greek Ministry for Culture, as a historic site and traditional settlement.

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