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About Reforest Teak

Spirit Song Bench
Spirit Song Bench

Teak…the very word conjures images of luxury and lifelong durability. And though it seems like teak furniture is everywhere these days—at unbelievable prices-most of it doesn't live up to the quality standards needed for true outdoor durability. Sadly, most teak harvesting practices are also devastating to the environmental and social fabric of communities where it's produced. This is the reason Gardener's Supply has not offered a line of teak garden furniture‚Ķuntil now.

Reforest Teak, our new line of exceptional outdoor furniture, is made from top-quality teak from Central America, with superior joinery and hardware. Subtle curves, made possible by careful hand finishing, offer unprecedented comfort and beauty. As for the environmental impact of this furniture, the teak comes from forests that are actually rebuilding, not destroying, fragile tropical ecosystems.

Legendary Quality

All teak is not the same. Most teak furniture is made with Class C wood, which usually contains holes, cracks or other imperfections that are filled with putty and stained. Some teak furniture is actually constructed with a veneer over lesser wood. Furniture of this grade will look good to start, but will age quickly, developing cracks, loose joints and a rough, unpleasant surface.

Reforest Teak uses only solid FEQ (First European Quality) teak, the finest quality available, guaranteed to be free of holes, knots or other defects. After harvesting, Reforest Teak products are carefully kiln-dried to a moisture content of 10 to 12 percent, which assures exceptional stability and resistance to warping or twisting.

Most teak comes from Indonesia. Reforest Teak is grown in Central America, where the soil is richer and the growing conditions are far superior. As a result, the teakwood we use to craft Reforest Teak furniture and furnishings is denser, less porous, and richer in oil and silica that give teak its natural resistance to wind and weather.

Detail of curves on Spirit Song Bench
Reforest Teak furniture is designed to fit the body's natural shape.
Body-Friendly Design

A beautiful piece of teak furniture makes a powerful design statement in your garden. But shouldn't you expect comfort too? Reforest Teak is designed and crafted for an outstanding level of comfort that straight-milled furniture can't offer. Study the photos carefully and you'll see that this furniture has subtle design details that accommodate the body's natural shape: Seat backs are curved instead of being ramrod-straight; the generous seats are gently cupped and won't "bite" at the thighs; armrests follow a slight, natural curve; corners are sanded to a pleasing roundness.

Superior Joinery and Finish
  • Furniture is held together with sturdy, mortise-and-tenon joints.
  • Reforest Teak local craftsmen take just as much care constructing this furniture as they do selecting the wood. They use snug mortise-and-tenon joinery and test fit every connection. You'll never see an L-bracket used as a joint, or see a wood screw driven through end grain. And when you run your hand over a joint, you won't feel a gap or a glue patch. The construction adhesives used are West System Epoxy, famous for effective marine and aviation applications, and Gorilla Glue, formulated specifically for teak. All hardware is first quality, never-rust stainless steel.
  • Reforest Teak uses thick, structural members—at least 1½x1½"—where other manufacturers often skimp with 1x1" or smaller members.
  • Some Reforest Teak furniture pieces arrive in panels, ready for final assembly. When it's best to ship a piece fully assembled to preserve its design and structural integrity, that's exactly the way it will come to you.
  • We are especially proud of this furniture's finish. Each piece is meticulously hand-sanded and individually inspected for a beautiful, smooth finish. Not only is the finish pleasing to the touch, but hand-sanding seals the wood's pores and extends the life of your furniture.
Teak with a Conscience
Joinery
Although it resembles natural wilderness rather than a plantation, this teak forest is carefully managed using sustainable forestry practices.
  • Most teak comes from clear-cut forests in Indonesia. Reforest Teak is grown in Central America, including Costa Rica, a country that leads the world in environmental standards.
  • Reforest Teak is made from trees grown on previously depleted and abandoned pastureland. A generation ago, these hilly areas were stripped of trees to graze cattle, leading to widespread erosion. Teak plantations control erosion and provide habitat for an amazing variety of wildlife. New plantings contain a mixture of teak and other species, to more closely resemble natural wilderness.
  • Reforest Teak is concerned with its social, as well as its environmental impact. Responsibility doesn't end with the trees. The local craftsmen who build this furniture receive above-average wages, helping to raise the standard of living in the area. The furniture workshop is a vital part of the community, providing desks and furniture to the local schools, as well as lunches each day. Most of the bridges in the area have been built with the workshop's help.
Caring for Your Reforest Teak Furniture

What do you need to put on your Reforest Teak furniture to make it last? Nothing! Many teak furniture makers recommend a wax or oil finish to extend its life. But Reforest Teak is made from such very dense heartwood that oil won't easily penetrate. In fact, it can pool up, leaving a sticky residue. Without any work, over time your furniture will take on a dignified silver-gray color. This is natural, and in no way shortens its life. If you prefer to maintain the teak's golden tone, use an environmentally friendly teak sealer and cover or protect your teak furniture during winter months.

To clean your teak furniture, we recommend a very mild cleaner, such as one part Simple Green to two parts water, and wash the piece using a medium bristle brush and allow to air dry.

Discover our full selection of exceptional teak furniture and furnishings from Reforest Teak at www.reforestteak.com.


Reforest Teak furniture is an initiative of New World Eco Trees.

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