Do you ever wonder when looking at your wood furniture where the actual tree came from that made it? Having furniture made from Teak can be as though you own a piece of art from nature because of its beautiful grain and elegant appearance.
Teak is a large East Indian tree with white flowers and hard, yellowish-brown wood. It was originally used for shipbuilding because Teak is extremely strong and resilient. Also, due to its oily nature, it held up well in the waters of the sea.
When Teak was originally harvested, elephants had to be trained to move the trunks from the jungles, because Teak being so oil-rich was extremely heavy. The transportation of other kinds of woods was by floating the logs down the rivers, but because of the weight of Teak, that was impossible. The elephants would drag the trunks to the coast where it would then be used in shipbuilding, repair or loaded onto ships to be carried to the artisans. The artisans, without the assistance of the elephants, would not have been able to use Teak in creating their art.
In many countries Teak has been used for use in the garden, such as in making park benches, because of its durability. There are park benches in England, made from Teak that are almost one hundred years old. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to travel to Asia, you may have seen some ancient temples in Thailand. Many of their pillars were made from Teak, and are still standing, even though the masonry part of the temple may have fallen apart, giving further evidence to the strength of Teak.
In favorable conditions Teak can reach 150 feet in height, and their trunks can reach 5 feet in diameter. It is a slow growing tree. Teak is used in outdoor furniture because it resists shrinking, rotting, swelling and splintering because of its dense grain, and as previously noted, is water-resistant because of its oily nature. It also has a pleasant odor. Some people are also now using Teak inside their homes, because of its natural beauty and durability.
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