Phases Africa only uses sustainable wood for their tree root table bases. There are only so many hardwood trees that have fallen on their own account and we only use the roots of these trees for our table bases. Furthermore these trees are often found along rivers and natural springs, but the true mystery lies in the extraordinary root systems. Inosculation is a natural phenomenon in which the roots of two trees of the same specie grow together as in the case of the Materi African hardwood tree featured in this post.
According to Venda folklore, the roots of a Matzeri tree are home to water sprites and if one looks very closely, you can see traces of them in the sacred forest, Thathe Vondo, the veil is very thin, and the folklore is quite extensive!!
This particular root (before it was trimmed) was more than 3 M in diameter with a perpendicular trunk, we estimate the death of this tree to be approximately 60 years ago and originating from the upper catchment area of the Letaba River, where it came down with floods.