When you think about creating a piece of furniture out of natural wood most people will ask for Maple, Oak or even Cherry Wood. If you want a creation to last centuries then Teak should be your first choice. Caring for Teak Furniture requires oiling to make it last.
Ancient mariners have known for centuries of the resilience of natural Teak and its ability to resist the elements, as well as its natural enemy the termite. Teak is the only wood that weathers gracefully with time, after exposure to the sun and rain. Teak will turn a light gray in color expressing its weather hues and grains that make it one of the most loved saltwater companions. It is also one of the hardest woods to work with dulling the sharpest blades and craftsman tools.
From Harvest to the lathe takes a five-year journey, teak travels from deep in the Mountains of Indonesian Rainforest to the markets of South Asia. Teak must dry out on the forest grounds to become light enough to float down the monsoon-swollen rivers to its destination ports. Teak trees take 60 years to mature before the plantations can be harvested which makes it very expensive compared to other hardwoods that mature in 5 to 10 years.
Once the teak is in the craftsmanship hands he won’t be disappointed as any piece he fashions will be a genuine work of Art from a sleek coffee table to a complete outdoor patio set. All a teak piece needs are some fine linseed oils and polishing to bring out its natural colors that will adorn your home.