|Ever since ancient times, civilization has been aware of the
benefits of teak. The wood is easy to work with, and its
resistance to decay has made it not only a popular timber tree,
but also a valuable resource. The strong structural properties
of teak made it the favorite choice for shipbuilders since the
middle ages. The main advantage of teak is its unique ability to
prevent rust and corrosion when in contact with metal. This
makes it invaluable in the shipbuilding industry. It is said
that the first outdoor teak benches were actually made of
decking from old sailing ships. The decking on these ships was
in such good condition when the ships were about to be scrapped,
the wood was recycled and remade in teak outdoor furniture. In
the late 1800s, teak began to be used seriously for outdoor
furniture. Heavily admired in its native India , teak soon
traveled to Victorian England. Teak benches and chairs became
the perfect compliment to an English garden. Public parks all
over England are furnished with teak outdoor furniture, some of
which are nearly a century old. An outstanding material, teak
continues to be a choice for boat materials even in this day and
age. Elephants are still used to haul teak from inland jungles
to the waterways. Transporting teak has always been a difficult
problem because of the heavy weight of the wood. The logs are so
heavy they will not float. Instead the elephants drag the teak
logs through the thick undergrowth in the rain forests. These
forests are usually a great distance from the coast. They have
even been trained to stack the logs in even piles. And when a
bell sounds to end the day, the elephants know to stop their
work, without any human direction.
Today teak is used principally in shipbuilding and in the
construction of expensive boats and yachts. Teak outdoor
furniture is virtually impervious to all weather conditions,
partly due to its high oil content and is able to resist insect
attacks. Currently, teak can be found on modern cruise ship
decks, in parks, used as flooring, and as home outdoor
furniture. In the United States, teak benches can be found in
the tropical gardens of hotels in Hawaii, tables and chairs made
of teak provide maintenance-free outdoor dining for skiers in
Colorado resorts, and teak steamer chairs can be found from the
coast of Maine to the Arizona desert. This should give you some
idea about how versatile teak is. Today, teak continues to be
the most oft-used wood for shipbuilding. It is also used for
indoor wood flooring and other general construction. And, of
course, teak is used to create durable and beautiful outdoor
patio furniture. Its high oil content makes it ideal for outdoor
furniture. Teak outdoor furniture has been used in ski resorts
in Colorado and Utah , and it continues to be the favored wood
for all construction projects requiring unbeatable durability
and rustic elegance.
About the author:
LeeAnna is an expert author who writes for Teak Outdoor
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