Teak is an extremely dense grained hardwood with a beautiful rich golden color. Characteristics of teak include strength, durability and resistance to insects, rot and decay. It has high natural oil content, which continually preserves the wood, hence its use in wet/dry applications.
Teak is the most exported lumber for high-end furniture in the world. Teak has a reputation for its enduring qualities in all weather conditions and low maintenance requirements. Furnishings built from teak combine functionality, beauty and durability.
Public parks all over the world are furnished with teak benches, some of which are nearly 100 years old. Outdoor teak benches and furniture are used in backyards, gardens and ski and tropical resorts due to its durability, low maintenance requirements and natural beauty.
Teak weathers beautifully when untreated and left outdoors, without the risk of rot and decay. When left outdoors to age, the elements will gradually change the color of the wood from rich golden brown to a soft silvery grey finish. This change in color does not affect the durability of the wood. Teak furniture can be passed on for generations and years to come.
A brief history of teak
Teak wood has long been a prized material among the wealthy and powerful. Native to the tropics, the teak tree is commonly found in the Southeast Asian nations of Thailand, Burma, Malaysia and most commonly, Indonesia. The Dutch, who colonized the region in the 17th century, used teak wood for shipbuilding due to its superior quality. It is said that the first teak furniture was made from the recycled deck boards of decommissioned ships. In some cases, objects made from teak have been found intact after more than 2000 years.
There are few, however, who take their teak more seriously than those in Indonesia. The government, since the mid 20th century, has been dedicated to managing the country’s valuable natural resource through official teak plantations. Each year a pre-determined number of trees are cut and replaced by new ones planted in their place.