Teak is found in tropical areas of the world.
Thailand, Burma and India are just three countries. Teak is a natural
wood, ideal for outside furniture. It contains natural oils that protect
it against wet and cold weather. It can also be treated with teak oil
giving it more protection against the elements. Teak is expensive although
the growth of sustainable teak plantations means that the price will
eventually fall and it will be more widely available.
High in natural oil and rubber content.
The oil content will protect the wood against the
rigours of winter weather and summer sunshine
Teak is a close grained hardwood. This makes it
possible to cut joints very accurately and makes it suitable for
carving as the close grain means it can be carved to include great
Tenon joints, dovetail joints, finger joints and
many more can be cut to a high degree of accuracy due to the quality
properties of teak
It is one of the hardest, strongest and most
durable of all natural woods
This natural wood is strong enough to take the
weight of adults and children - if constructed correctly. It is very
strong making it suitable for furniture.
Resistant to rotting and to the effects of hot
sun, rain, frost or snow, making it most suitable for outside.
Teak can withstand almost all conditions the
weather can throw at it.
Shorea wood and Iroko( often called 'African
Teak') are known as teak substitutes. However, their properties do
not match those of teak.
Teak is expensive and sometimes hard to
find/purchase. For this reason substitute woods are sometimes used.
They do not have the same outstanding qualities as teak.
Research the internet for more information on
a range of woods that resist the rigours of winter weather and summer
temperatures. List their names and their individual properties.
Select one of the materials listed above and explain why
you think it is a real alternative to Teak