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Materials

 

Material overview:-

To manufacture the very best products you have to use the finest raw materials to start with.

At Teak Garden Furniture we have been around since 1923 time served so to speak. We select only the best hardwoods, oak, British sweet chestnut, PEFC iroko and FEQ Teak

Specific Information

Hardwood

Hardwood is a broad term and covers the majority of timbers we use in our furniture. Details of the specific timber used are detailed below.

Oak

t oakOak is now our main production wood. Oak is heavy and durable. We use French, Italian and Croatian supplies. Oak hardens with age and whilst not as stable as teak does lend itself to the production of fantastic garden furniture, especially big and chunky benches.

Turns a lovely silvery grey colour as all hardwoods do over time. Oak can be painted, stained or oiled and has long life expectancy.

Iroko

t irokoIroko, very similar to teak. Our raw material is sourced from Ghana and the Ivory Coast, iroko is a medium to heavy hardwood.

Although this lacks the natural oils and minerals found in Teak, it is a really good all round timber. We specifically use Iroko in the manufacture of bespoke very heavy picnic tables, benches, and the massive Gladiator tables and matching Hadrian benches.

Teak

t teakTeak is one of nature's most durable woods and really is the best choice for outdoor furniture. We only use the finest FEQ (First European Quality) grade A teak, and when available recycled teak.

Teaks natural oils and minerals give teak its unique properties. Insects leave it alone, rot and decay are almost unheard of. Stability, durability and longevity ensure this most appealing wood stays at the top of everyone's shopping list.

Sweet Chestnut

Our Sweet Chestnut comes in the main from the Duchy of Cornwall woodlands in Herefordshire. Air dried and normally around 7 years old the timber has dried to an ambient moisture level and is fairly stable. Classed as a durable hardwood but lighter in weight than our other materials.

 

Teak in use

Some examples of teak in use over the years are shown below

Additional Images

   

First Picture; Young teak tree as it would grow in its natural state.
Second ; The longest teak bridge in Burma all in solid teak, this illustrates the durability and longevity of teak.
Third; A trio of oak benches, bottom is an 1.8m Barfleur, middle is a 1.5m Leviathan and top is a Childs bench.
Fourth; An oak 2.4m Barfleur now in situ at a National Trust property - Bodiam Castle.
Fifth; A close up of a Barfleur end in oak this illustrates the exacting precision we manufacture to with all our furniture.
Sixth, Seventh and Eighth, These show how oak matures and stands up to use as tree planters. These are Longleat.

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