The Remarkable History Of Resin

restaurant tablesResin nowadays is used for all kinds of things, but especially shines as coating for restaurant tables and wood surfaces which see a lot of wear. Yet, plant resins have a very long history that's actually pretty neat.

Resin was first documented in ancient Greece by Theophrastus, considered by many to be the father of botany. This documentation was then continued in ancient Rome by Pliny the Elder, who focused on the resins known as frankincense and myrrh, prized in ancient Egypt and well known now as two components of the most famous birthday gift pack ever delivered. Not only were these resins highly prized substances, they were also required for the production of incense in some religious rit


Frankincense was offered at the altars of the Jewish second temple in Jerusalem, although it gets its English name from the fact that it was introduced to Europe by Frankish crusaders – hence, Frank-incense. Myrrh, on the other hand, was an essential ingredient in the mummification process.

Amber is a hard fossilized resin from ancient trees, which – scientists have now officially confirmed – cannot trap dinosaur DNA, the time elapsed since dinosaurs walked the earth was too long for their DNA encased in amber to escape degradation.

Now, of course, a hard, transparent synthetic resin gloss, is available for preserving gorgeous hardwood surfaces such as this gorgeous two-toned cherry and marble table top. It’s a great choice for restaurant tables. Come visit Fashion Seating and check out our entire selection of restaurant furniture!

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