What is Teak anyway?
Many people love the look of Teak furniture. It is a versatile wood, which retains its shape and quality for years and years. But what sort of tree is teak? What do we know about the actual tree itself?
According to Wikipedia:
Tectona grandis is a large, deciduous tree up to 40 m (131 ft) tall with gray to grayish brown branchlets. Leaves are ovate-elliptic to ovate, 15-45 cm (5.9-17.7 in) long by 8-23 cm (3.1-9.1 in) wide, and are held on robust petioles that are 2-4 cm (0.8-1.6 in) long.
Teak is extremely easy to work with, and has excellent structural strength and durability. It has been used for centuries in the manufacture of everything from boats to furniture due to its long lasting, beautiful qualities.
The Teak tree grows mainly in India, Thailand and Malaysia though it does occur naturally and unnaturally in other rain forests throughout the world.
Teak trees live long lives they can start only as big as the sapling above, and grow to enormous sizes. A teak tree can live anywhere from 12 years a few hundred years, based on conditions and whether or not they are old growth or new.
Teak has different names, in different languages. Some of these include:
(Bengali) : Segun
(Burmese) : kyun
(English) : Indian oak, teak tree, teak wood
(Filipino) : dalanang, djati
(French) : teck
(German) : tiek
(Hindi) : sagun, sagwan, saigun
(Indonesian) : deleg, jati, kulidawa
(Javanese) : deleg, kulidawa
(Lao (Sino-Tibetan)) : sak
(Malay) : jati
(Nepali) : saguan, teak
(Sanskrit) : saka
(Sinhala) : takku, teaku
(Spanish) : teca
(Swahili) : msaji, mtiki
(Tamil) : tek, tekku, tekkumaram
(Thai) : mai-sak, sak
(Trade name) : teak
Teak is used for many different things, but its primary use is in furniture. It also makes an excellent marine wood due to the natural oils it contains. Whatever the use, teak is sure to last you many, many years and retain its beauty throughout its life.
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