Common Names: Teak, Bermese teak, Genuine teak

Region: Native to Southern Asia, widely grown on plantations throughout tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Janka Hardness: 1,070 lbf

Description: Heartwood tends to be a golden or medium brown, darkening with age. Grain is straight. Raw, unfinished wood surfaces have a slightly oily or greasy feel due to natural oils. Teak is very resistant to decay, termites, and moderately resistant to marine borers and powder post beetles. Easy to work with even though it does have high levels of silica and natural oils.

Common Uses: Ship and boatbuilding, furniture, exterior construction, carving, and turning.