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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.

 The earliest 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.

 Preservation 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 Government).

 Moreover, in 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 doubt.

 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.

 Uses 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.

 With straight 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.


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