Burmese Teak or the “king of woods” has earned the name due to its unsurpassed ability for durability. Furniture manufactured using Burma Teak wood, and veneer can last for hundreds of years. In fact the Burma Teak wood recovered from the Titanic is as good today, as the day the tree from which it was made felled.
Burma, now renamed Myanmar, is responsible for the export of eighty percent of the world’s Teak wood requirement. Highly sought after for wood manufacturing, shipping industry needs and veneer sheeting; Burma wood is prized for its ability to withstand the most harsh weather conditions.
Burma Teak (Myanmar Teak wood) is a highly prized commodity because only the climatic conditions, soil, rainfall, drainage, and elevation found in Burma can create the Burma Teak that is so highly valued in furniture manufacturing and veneer. Seeds from Burma planted around the globe cannot produce the same quality of Teak wood. This is due to the fact that the conditions found in Burma cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.
Even today elephants are employed to extract the Burma Teak wood used in veneer and furniture manufacturing to minimize environmental impact. Compared to heavy duty machinery, elephants cause less damage to the valuable forests. Teak wood plantations were established in Burma as early as 1856 to ensure renewable and sustained output.
Burma Teak veneer has an oily feel and ranges in colors from dull, pale brown to yellowish. The grains are at times wavy others straight giving a gorgeous look and feel in veneer and furniture manufacturing.
Furniture manufacturing and veneer using Burma Teak wood will not be affected by changes in weather, nor will it crack, twist, be susceptible to attacks by termites and fungus. Homes using Burma Teak wood give a sense of comfort and luxury that is timeless.