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Is Teak Wood Outdoor Furniture Right For Me?

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You are contemplating your first purchase of Teak Furniture and you are
wondering if you are making the right decision? Well, you are and in this
quick article, I will explain why I believe that.

If you already use Teak Wood in some of your favorite outdoor furniture,
then this article will just be fun information for you to know and share
with your friends when they ask you, “why did you buy Teak Wood” versus?.

It is no surprise, or it should not be, that Teak Wood h...


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You are contemplating your first purchase of Teak Furniture and you are
wondering if you are making the right decision? Well, you are and in this
quick article, I will explain why I believe that.

If you already use Teak Wood in some of your favorite outdoor furniture,
then this article will just be fun information for you to know and share
with your friends when they ask you, “why did you buy Teak Wood” versus?.

It is no surprise, or it should not be, that Teak Wood has been the
favored wood for generations. The secrets of this wood are out and they
have been for a long, long time.

First, a little history lesson:

It is not a well known fact, but is has been written that the Chinese
have been renowned sailors for generations. Many of their ships were
built and designed to not only sail in the oceans, but also to move up
river. Much of the trade then, was done several thousand miles up river
and not out in the ocean. These ships needed to be versatile, durable,
and tough.

The wood used to build these early Chinese ships was Teak. It is also
said that the Chinese shipbuilders would bury the wood logs in moist soil
for years prior to building their ships. This made the wood much stronger
and impervious to anything that could be encountered on the high
seas,including enemies. Why was this important? It was important because
approx. 600 years ago the Chinese were set out on a task by the Ming
dynasty to sail to the edge of the world. Apparently they circumnavigated
the world several times. But this is going off to another subject. Let’s
get back to the subject at hand (I'll bet you didn't know that you would
actually be learning something too?).

Later in years, British naval ships were made from Oak, also a very hard
and durable wood. The British encountered two problems with oak: Wood
Worms and a lack of Oak trees. Woodworms were destroying the ships in the
British Naval Fleet. Woodworms were the scourge of wooden ships
throughout history. It could take 850 oak logs to repair one ship. It
took a little over 2000 oak logs just to build one ship. The British
needed ships as they continued for some time to have maritime issues with
the French and to be able to go on to conquer and take control of British
colonies. The British naval fleet was their primary means to accomplish
this.

The Oak supply in Europe was being quickly depleted. They knew about the
Teak wood used on the Chinese ships and how rugged they were after having
run into them, literally in the shipping lanes. The British had learned
how impervious these ships were to all of the elements at sea: Saltwater,
ocean wind, and the blistering sun. It was also learned then that Teak
was found to not to splinter when hit by gunfire or artillery fire. This
was a very important issue as splintering wood was the chief cause of
casualties among naval warfare in the eighteenth century.

Britain was very interested to grow and produce this wood. The British
quickly realized they did not need to grow Teak Wood as they could annex
those countries where the Teak wood was grown and have a plentiful
supply. India, Thailand and Burma were quickly annexed into the British
empire. It is not to say this is why the British took over these areas,
but it certainly helped to give reason. Myanmar (formerly Burma), which
is just south of India, and Yangoon became the first places where 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. Teak was now the preferred wood
used for building ships, Yachts, Ocean liners and furniture. Under ocean
conditions, the wood had very little shrinkage or warpage. This meant
little maintenance. The wood was also impervious to wood rot and insects,
like the mighty woodworm. The famous Ocean liner “Queen Mary” used no
less than 1000 tons of teak when built. The British quickly realized the
depletion that was taking place and developed a re-forestation plan. They
appointed a leader to head this new bureau and began replanting Teak
trees on what are now called Teak “plantations”. A set of very strict
laws were enacted regarding who can cut Teak Wood and who can purchase
it. Once these laws were set in place, one needed to have permission from
the British Government to be able to cut a Teak Tree down and or export
it.

Teak was also being   used by the locals for huts, fence posts, and
furniture. India is   the third largest importer of Teak today, behind
China and Japan. As   much as 80% of India’s timber consumption is Teak.
The wood is used in   India today for local consumption; building homes,
furniture, fencing, etc. It is the one wood that can withstand the
monsoons, the blistering heat and the humidity. It is the wood that all
other timber species are compared to.

Teak Wood contains natural oil and Silica (sand) which makes it
impervious to insects, and wood rot. These substances also help it to
maintain it luster for many, many years, but make it a little more
difficult for the manufactures as their blades tend to dull sooner.

When many of the English ships of WWII were taken apart for salvage, the
Teak Wood decks were re-manufactured into outdoor furniture like park
benches. Even today they can be seen in many parts of Europe still
functioning.

Most of the Teak grown today is grown on Plantations that are governed by
the local governments. The demand for Teak is growing at an estimated 10%
per year. Teak is a heavily regulated (and rightfully so) commodity, and
is sold through the auction process. Teak is not very easy to get. There
are regulatory permits that must be purchased and other expenses that go
along with regulation. For example, once purchased, it is usually the
purchasing companies’ responsibility to provide transportation if the
wood is to be exported and certain countries have regulations on how many
logs can be exported. Currently, Java, Indonesia is the largest exporter
of Teak. There are several companies that are located in Java that will
process and fashion the Teak into furniture, or planks for flooring or
siding, and then export the finished item or semi finished item to
countries around the world.

Teak grows very rapidly but still takes approx. 50 years to mature. Many
countries are reviewing the possible rotation after 30 or 40 years. This
is mainly due to the large demand for Teak. The consensus with this
rotation is that the wood will not be inferior at that rate. There are
some countries that are trying tree rotation after only 25 years. The
results are timber that is smaller in diameter, color, and grain.

So, when add it all up, you get a much better understanding not only of
what the hype about Teak Wood is all about, but the numerous qualities of
Teak Wood and the supply and demand side of Teak Wood.

Many people for generations have been enjoying the warm benefits of
owning Teak Wood products. Outdoor Teak Wood furniture is a Standard for
many families and in many gardens, terraces, patios, verandas, ships, and
yachts around the world. If you are investing in outdoor furniture, you
really owe it to yourself to step into the world of Teak.

				
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