With declining supplies of tropical timber from natural forests, many countries are encouraging the development of new sources of tropical timber through plantation and farm forestry production. Teak is listed officially as a protected species. At present, commercial harvest of teak from natural forests is prohibited. Teak is relatively simple to grow in comparison with other commercial hardwood species. Given the growing demand for teak wood and the likelihood that natural forest sources will soon be unable to meet it. Scientifically called Tectona Grandis, teak is grown in countries such as Burma, Malaysia and India, where it is grown in massive quantities and exported to other countries. Teak can be grown on all types of soil. It needs good water and sunlight to flourish. It can be grown on the boundaries of other crops, in the backyard or amidst other plantations. Teak has more experience data than any other species and makes for the safest plantation species. Indonesia is one of the biggest Teak wood producers in the world. Its wood quality is not inferior to the quality of the famous Teak wood from Burma. In Indonesia, the Teak tree has been managed by government, under Perum Perhutani (Forestation Company of Government) being preserved in all seasons.
Teak requires minimal maintenance and does not need to be sealed or treated on a regular basis. Due to its durability, natural water resistant qualities and attractive wood grain, teak wood has found many uses in industries past and present. Teak was being harvested for British ships. Calcutta was set up as another British shipbuilding site. All of the British merchant ships built in Calcutta were built with Myanmar Teak logs which were said to be the best. Once the wood was depleted from India, logs were harvested from Thailand and Burma. Teak forests were quickly being depleted. Back in the days, Teak was known as the preferred wood used for building ships, Yachts, Ocean liners and furniture. One famous ship come to mind is the Edwin Fox. This majestic Teak ship is an only survivor from a fleet of teak ships. This ship was built in India about 1853 and has a strange history if I can say so, but it has outlasted all others and that’s saying a lot. In 1999 the Edwin Fox was brought and was towed to Picton, New Zealand where she was to be restored and set next to a museum so visitors can walk on the same decks and stand inside this atmospheric piece of history. Teak park benches in the Commons of London have been in continual service for more than 75 years which should tell you about the durability and sturdiness of Teak wood. Furniture constructed with teak wood is able to withstand the elements for a century or more. Teak wood is knot-free, smooth, and handsome and will never need replaced.
The inherent imperfections present in teak wood enhance only its natural beauty and adds uniqueness to each piece. The surface oil evaporates within the first week, but the oil below the surface will last the lifetime of the furniture and enables the unmatched durability of the wood. As it weathers over time, the wood goes from a rich honey brown color to a silvery gray and it will remain like that without ever warping, twisting, rotting or splintering. Considering the wear and tear that outdoor furniture is subject to teak wood would be an excellence choice for patio furniture. It is because Teak wood is highly water-resistant that products manufactured or created from it avoid the brittleness to which many other woods are susceptible.
It is for this reason that Teak furniture and other Teak products, can be enjoyed outdoors, as well as indoors. Teak wood and Indonesia Teak in particular, has an excellent history in being used in the manufacture of high quality and durable furniture products. Whereas the wear and tear that garden and patio furniture are subjected to and expose to the climate, the only sensible choice for outdoor furniture is Teak. Indonesian Teak which is plantation grown controlled by forestry agents to manage the harvest that would make Indonesian Java Teak made furniture a win/win deal. One win is for the environment and the other is for the Teak wood for its durability. The best of all is that you will be getting more for your money.