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About Teak Wood

Teak wood is the wood of choice for teak shower furniture due to its natural qualities.   Teak wood, known scientifically as Tectonis Grandis, is a tropical tree that grows in many parts of Asia, and South America.   The tree can grow to a height of over 150 feet.   The teak tree does have leaves, and similar to trees in the North will shed its leaves in the winter.   The teak tree is known for its longevity and they can often grow to be over one hundred years old.   One of the qualities that allow them to survive is that the teak tree has the ability to bend in strong winds, but not break.  

Many other hardwoods are used for furniture.   However, there is no substitute for teak wood and no other hardwood in the world will perform to the same high quality standards as teak in humid, moist conditions similar to those found in the shower, bathroom, steamroom, sauna, and locker rooms. Teak is simply the best hardwood in the world for teak shower benches, stools, and chairs. The qualities of teak wood that make ideal to use in our shower benches is that teak is a close grained hardwood with high natural oil and rubber content.

Solid teak is one of the hardest, strongest and most durable of all timbers, and is highly resistant to any rotting and almost impervious to the effects of hot sun, rain, frost or snow. Due to its high oil content, the teak wood has natural qualities that make it resistant to mold and fungus.   These characteristics combine to make it the ideal timber for teak shower benches and bathroom furniture. It has been the number one choice of boat builders for centuries.   The Teak tree resin has a natural oil in its Galih (Cambium/heartwood) that is highly water resistant.  These natural oils can protect the Teak from decay, insects, mold, fungus, and bacteria.  

The large teak tree plantations found in Indonesia were originally established by the Dutch.   Today, cultivation and conservation of the Teak tree in Indonesia is managed by the government of Indonesia, Perum Perhutani (Forestation Company of Government).  The largest producer of teak in Indonesia is on the island of Java, where Decoteak sources its bathroom benches, stools, and furniture from.   Its geography and weather are highly suitable to Teak tree plantations.

Java Island is also a manufacturing, furniture, and handicraft center.   When traveling across the island of Java you will see artisans working by the side of the road carving elegant wood carvings, or making furniture in small workshops.   Many workshops operate in a cooperative environment employing local village craftsmen.   It is not uncommon that the craftsmen making teak furniture have been involved in furniture, handicrafts, or wood carving for several generations.   Decoteak takes great pride in working with these local workshops rather than sourcing from large factories in other parts of Asia.


 

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