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Thai-Pepper: Teakwood is the best!
Often referred to as the King of Woods, Teak (Tektona Grandes) is one of the most desirable and expensive wood on the market. Not only is it highly prized for its strength and durability, it also ages beautifully.
By: Andre Park
Locally known as Mai Sak, teak trees are native to South-East Asia and its natural distribution goes from the Indian subcontinent through Burma, Thailand and Laos. They are deciduous and shed their leaves every year in the dry season, which normally occurs between December and April.
Teak trees are known for their longevity. They can live up to a hundred years and grow to thirty to forty meters tall, reaching up to two meters in diameter. The reason for their longevity is their ability to withstand severe weather conditions. Teak is supple and flexuous and will withstand extreme winds – it will bend, but not break.
The outer wood of a teak tree is white, while the heartwood is normally a golden brown with occasional dark streaks. From there the name for Thai teak: golden teak. Its density makes it attractive for woodworkers and carpenters. Not only does it finish well, it is also easy to cut and sculpt into pleasing shapes.
Its high natural oil content gives it the ability to retain its shape even after being left outdoors or submerged in water for extended periods of time. Outdoors its rich golden color will fade to a silver gray as it ages. It has a coarse and uneven texture, a beautiful grain and an aromatic smell.
And where does the teakwood come from? Often the source of teak manufacturers is twofold: Reclaimed teak and plantation teak. Since the best teak comes from mature trees, it can take up to eighty years before a Teak tree is harvested for its wood. Therefore old teak is often reclaimed from old buildings. The other source is plantation teak. Plantation teak can be harvested in as little as sixteen years. It is an ecologically sustainable timber, making it a favorite with people who are concerned with illegal logging and deforestation
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Thai-Pepper manufacturers and exports high-end teak kitchenware from the rarest and most sought after old-growth teak. Our cutting boards and chopping blocks are made from the finest hand selected reclaimed teak.
To see our full range of kitchenware, visit us at www.thai-pepper.com.