Where does your teak furniture originate? The world’s fascination with teak wood is a long one. Boats made with teak have been found to be over 2000 years old.
Why did shipbuilders use teak? Mature teak wood has a high oil content, high tensile strength, and tight grain. It’s natural weather, rot, and pest resistance is highly regarded. In Indonesia, it’s very easy to find very old houses made entirely of teak. Mature Teak trees were once very plentiful and therefore, many people used it for houses, boats, and decorative items.
Teak furniture can vary greatly in price. One of the reasons is illegal logging. Cutting down juvenile teak trees and selling them is an easy way to make some cash. Fashioning furniture out of this wood is easy and many people are attracted to buying cheap teak furniture. Buyer beware! This is contributing to deforestation and an inferior product.
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