Checking is a term used to describe small cracks that appear on the end grain of the wood. These checking cracks would most likely occur at the ends of the slats, ends of the arms or anywhere where end grain is exposed. This is completely natural and not a cause for concern. These checking cracks will stabilize in the first few weeks of exposure.
05/19/2016 - Hmmm. We were pleased with the interaction with your company. The order came promptly, the pieces were of high quality, and assembly went smoothly and without hassles. I attach a picture of the 'installation'. We are developing a circular 'patio' area within our flower garden that centers on a low serpentine wall and walkway. It is separated from the adjacent street by a cornus mas hedge that is gradually growing and becoming more dense. Central to the circular 'patio' is a unique sculpture that serves as a table. Your two circular benches have a circumference that matches that of the outer perimeter of the sculpture and provide seating when the sculpture is used as a table for, e.g. serving wine. (I could provide more detailed pictures of the benches and the sculpture if that would be helpful.) Thank you. JR, WA. Thanks for your customer photo (see here). Features Goldenteak's Teak Curved Bench
love the loveseat. it is incredibly comfortable and the quality of the material is second to none. ordered the ottoman with cushion to match.