About Jensen Leisure
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Jensen Leisure Furniture produces heirloom furniture that will be handed down through generations. Our specifications ensure that your furniture will endure the extremities of nature and repeated sittings throughout a lifetime of reading, dining, and gardenside solitude.
Longevity begins with the quality of our timber. The Ipe timber that goes into Jensen Leisure Furniture is certified by Rainforest Alliance as 100% FSC® Pure. Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC) certification is the global “gold standard” in independent, third-party forest certification. It guarantees that the wood contained in our furniture comes from well-managed forests. The FSC logo and “Chain of Custody” number branded on Jensen products allows you to track the wood back to the forest where it originated.
Our Ipe timber comes from the Chiquitania tropical dry forests of Bolivia. Because of the nature of these forests, trees grow very slowly, producing some of the world’s strongest and most durable timber species. Our trees are allowed to grow to over 100 years old before being carefully harvested.
Jensen Leisure Furniture is made of 100% heartwood. The heartwood portion of a log is the most dimensionally stable and is only found in slow-growing, century old trees. The exclusive use of heartwood in outdoor furniture is critical for maintaining the long-term strength and integrity of the mortise and tenon joinery throughout the seasonal extremities of freeze and thaw, and extended wet and dry periods.
Another key factor determining how a wood will behave in the out-of-doors, is the degree of care taken when drying the wood. All our wood is carefully kiln dried for periods ranging from four to eight weeks to reduce the moisture content from 50% to 12%. This slow drying and conditioning process also relaxes the natural tensions in the wood to assure years of outdoor use in a wide range of climates.
Jensen Leisure Furniture is designed with heavy dimensioned components for greater strength and stability. Our designers combine innovation, engineering, and craftsmanship to create new and enduring classic designs. As an added security, each piece of Jensen Leisure Furniture has been laboratory-tested to the demanding specifications of contract or commercial applications. Contract specifications far exceed the standards for common residential use.
Jensen furniture is crafted using traditional interlocking mortise and tenon, and dowelled joinery that form rock solid connections. Engineered to extremely tight tolerances through CNC technology, the individual furniture components are permanently attached with snug, moisture-sealed joints. This level of craftsmanship prevents problems such as wobbling, making the furniture safe and stable during a lifetime of use.
The glass hand finish of Jensen furniture is possible due to the dense nature of Ipe wood and our unique cross-grain sanding technique. Sanding cross-grain prevents the lifting of surface micro-fibers and preserves a smooth feel as the wood weathers out-of-doors.
After a completed bench or table has been sanded and had its oil finish applied, it is test-assembled and receives a thorough final inspection to ensure that each item meets our rigorous quality specifications.