The Benefits and Sustainability of New and Reclaimed Teak Furniture
We source and sell both new sustainable and reclaimed teak furniture. The nature of teak wood makes it capable of lasting beautifully for literally decades, with just a modicum of care.
Because of the characteristics of teakwood, teak furniture will last approximately 75 years; however there have been some teak furniture, which is more that 100 years old that is still in use. When purchasing teak, you should take this into consideration.Teak is a sought after wood known for its beauty and durability.
It is because of teak's lasting durability and its inherent qualities that allows it to be reclaimed and used again and again that make it the most sustainable of all woods.
One reason for teaks amazing longevity is that it contains two amazing elements: silica and oils. Silica is abundant throughout the molecules in the wood and makes it virtually waterproof. In addition to the silica, teak possesses a very high oil content that provides the wood with its trademark luster and longevity. Teaks’ resistance to rot, fungi, and mildew is legendary and is the main reason people have used the woods for ship building and also homes in southeast Asia since the 7th century. The oils also provide protection against termites and other unwanted bugs.
New Teak Wood
The new teak we use for our furniture doesn't come from natural forests; it comes from legal, regulated government plantations. Plantation teak is a renewable resource as it's farmed to produce a sustainable supply.
Reclaimed teak, on the other hand is timber which has been rescued from disused houses, footbridges, boats and other wooden structures.
No other wood compares to teak regarding its durability, elegance, stability and low maintenance; making it the ultimate material choice for furniture construction.
In addition, reclaimed teak is environmentally friendly as no trees are cut down to produce a beautiful heirloom grade piece of furniture. Instead, the wood is saved from 100-300 year-old structures that would have otherwise been demolished and discarded. This rare wood is then refined without any volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) or leeching glues, and delivered to you with hard work, integrity and a passion for the environment.
Reclaimed teak is far different than plantation teak. Since it is so old, the wood has expanded and contracted numerous times and has become true and straight through all the decades, all the while gaining amazing patinas.
Reclaimed Boatwood Teak
A special type of reclaimed teak is that which has been salvaged from old boats. Finished with the original patinas, these pieces are works of art and finished so they too will maintain their original beauty for decades.
Teak is easy to care for - just wipe up spills with a damp cloth. If you think your teak would benefit from oil, the best oil for indoor teak furniture is Danish oil. Like teak oil (which is not made from teak-tree oil and is often used on outdoor teak furniture) Danish oil is a penetrating oil made up of linseed, rosewood or tung oil and other ingredients.