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Teak Outdoor Furniture Is Not A New Idea

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Ever since ancient times, civilization has been aware of the benefits of
teak. The wood is easy to work with, and its resistance to decay has made
it not only a popular timber tree, but also a valuable resource. The
strong structural properties of teak made it the favorite choice for
shipbuilders since the middle ages. The main advantage of teak is its
unique ability to prevent rust and corrosion when in contact with metal.
This makes it invaluable in the shipbuilding industr...


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outdoor furniture, teak outdoor furniture, home decoration


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Ever since ancient times, civilization has been aware of the benefits of
teak. The wood is easy to work with, and its resistance to decay has made
it not only a popular timber tree, but also a valuable resource. The
strong structural properties of teak made it the favorite choice for
shipbuilders since the middle ages. The main advantage of teak is its
unique ability to prevent rust and corrosion when in contact with metal.
This makes it invaluable in the shipbuilding industry. It is said that
the first outdoor teak benches were actually made of decking from old
sailing ships. The decking on these ships was in such good condition when
the ships were about to be scrapped, the wood was recycled and remade in
teak outdoor furniture. In the late 1800s, teak began to be used
seriously for outdoor furniture. Heavily admired in its native India ,
teak soon traveled to Victorian England. Teak benches and chairs became
the perfect compliment to an English garden. Public parks all over
England are furnished with teak outdoor furniture, some of which are
nearly a century old. An outstanding material, teak continues to be a
choice for boat materials even in this day and age. Elephants are still
used to haul teak from inland jungles to the waterways. Transporting teak
has always been a difficult problem because of the heavy weight of the
wood. The logs are so heavy they will not float. Instead the elephants
drag the teak logs through the thick undergrowth in the rain forests.
These forests are usually a great distance from the coast. They have even
been trained to stack the logs in even piles. And when a bell sounds to
end the day, the elephants know to stop their work, without any human
direction.

Today teak is used principally in shipbuilding and in the construction of
expensive boats and yachts. Teak outdoor furniture is virtually
impervious to all weather conditions, partly due to its high oil content
and is able to resist insect attacks. Currently, teak can be found on
modern cruise ship decks, in parks, used as flooring, and as home outdoor
furniture. In the United States, teak benches can be found in the
tropical gardens of hotels in Hawaii, tables and chairs made of teak
provide maintenance-free outdoor dining for skiers in Colorado resorts,
and teak steamer chairs can be found from the coast of Maine to the
Arizona desert. This should give you some idea about how versatile teak
is. Today, teak continues to be the most oft-used wood for shipbuilding.
It is also used for indoor wood flooring and other general construction.
And, of course, teak is used to create durable and beautiful outdoor
patio furniture. Its high oil content makes it ideal for outdoor
furniture. Teak outdoor furniture has been used in ski resorts in
Colorado and Utah , and it continues to be the favored wood for all
construction projects requiring unbeatable durability and rustic
elegance.

				
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