Coconut Shell

Coconut shell is a material from the fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera).

The shell can be extracted by taking out the husk or the fruit cover.  Dehusking, splitting and scraping are the processes needed to obtain the coconut shell alone.  The outer husk, which also has commercial value and is used as material for the lifestyle industry, is removed and the eye of the fruit pierced to drain the juice.  The nut is then split and the coco meat removed through scraping.

The shell can be cut into different shapes and the possibility of various patterns and combinations for lamination is endless. When crushed and combined, shell laminates are at par with the quality and appearance of tortoise shell or ivory.

A whole range of boxes, lamps, tabletops, chairs and household accessories using crushed and laminated shells have found acceptance in both local and foreign markets. Gluing small shell pieces to a wooden or fiberglass surface to upgrade an otherwise simple material is one of the elegant uses for coconut shell. Shell lamination varies in colors from dark brown for mature shells, to honey or ivory white for young shells.

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