Teak History And Uses
The Preservation and Uses of Teak Wood
Indonesia is the world’s
biggest supplier of teak wood, probably because they produce
highest quality teak. Nevertheless, it’s common to see teak wood
growing in other Southeast Asian countries such as Philippines,
Malaysia, Myanmar, Burma, India, and Thailand.
use of teak wood was for building ships and boats. Its
durability and resistance to natural elements made it ideal for
these sea vessels. Over the years, its use evolved, and now,
teak is mostly used indoor or outdoor furniture.
Teak has an
oily feel and a golden-brown color. It rates a three on a scale
of 1 to 5 for hardness. Teak is highly weather-resistant and
beautiful. However, because its production is becoming rarer as
days pass, its price has increased. Despite this, its reputation
as the staple for fine outdoor furniture of the highest quality
has never waned.
Efforts on the Double
As the primary supplier of
teak wood, Indonesia is committed to the preservation of teak
trees using both practical and visionary government programs.
Teak wood that’s exported from Indonesia to other parts of the
world go through Perum Perhutani (Forestation Company of
their efforts to curb exportation of teak wood, Indonesia has
taken upon itself to produce unique and interesting pieces of
furniture using teak. Exporting these finished furniture pieces
to other countries has boosted much of Indonesia’s economy, no
Teak trees may
only be harvested upon reaching ten years. However, to uphold
its stature as top supplier of teak in the world, Indonesia has
resorted to the use of new technology called “Jati Genjah”,
which literally translates to “fast growing”. This method has
yielded certain teak types that are of superior quality, too.
of Teak Wood
The strength and beauty of
teak wood are undeniable. These are the primary reasons why teak
wood is the main choice when it comes to furniture, particularly
outdoor furniture. It can also be used as veneer for panels and
furniture, exterior construction, carving, turnings, and other
small wood objects.
grain patterns that contain interlocked grain, working teak wood
into indoor or outdoor furniture is a breeze. Moreover, its
golden-brown hue, especially when freshly cut, makes it perfect
for use as cabinetry.
Due to its
natural color, teak doesn’t stain, so it’s not high maintenance.
It can be left as is after its sanded for the last time.
Nevertheless, it’s advisable to use a sealer or some type of
finish to maintain the luster. It would also be a good idea to
use linseed oil at regular intervals to prolong teak’s
resistance to natural elements.