Things to know before buying Real Cedar Playgrounds:
Natural playgrounds are becoming more and more popular in the industry of designing children’s play spaces. This has led to a major push to reconnect children with nature. As you know these REAL CEDAR playgrounds are not your typical steel or plastic playgrounds.
These nature inspired playgrounds are made from Natural Materials, like beautiful, whole, round Northern White Cedar logs with all their natural features.
These cedar logs have a fat end and a skinny end like a tree (instead of a manufactured dowel), they have gorgeous wood grain, knots, crooks, bends, and curves along with all the beauty and imperfections that you will find in nature including “checking”.
A “CHECK” is a crack that occurs across or through the growth rings as the logs release moisture.
Checking in each log is the norm and completely unavoidable. It is not a defect in the wood. It does not affect the structural integrity.
Like all gaps, cracks, and checks in any material, fingers can be put into it. However, it is not a “splinter”, it is NOT a hazard and it meets ASTM standards because it is NOT dangerous in any way.
People who are not familiar with logs and log construction and are just not used to seeing CHECKING. But it is natural and considered a part of a logs rustic natural look.