Sourcing Myanmar Teak

Teak is probably the best-protected commercial species in the world. Elephants are still being used extensively to extract teak because of their low impact upon the environment. Elephants do far less damage to forests than heavy caterpillars and other logging equipment. Teak is not a tropical rainforest species. It grows sparsely in mixed deciduous forests. In its natural environment there are only 1 to 5 trees per acre in the best growing areas.

The characteristics of a teak log are determined by its conformation, cylindrical and straightness, regularity of annual rings, colour and texture and presence or absence of black stripes and beeholes. A study has indicated that there are variations in the characteristics of teak based on its location. Weather and soil have a great impact on the characteristics of teak. It is probable that weather has a greater effect on the characteristics of teak.

All Teak we offer is from naturally grown aged Burmese origin.

Our Teak decking quality are , quarter saw, fine grained and specially selected, following super yacht quality standards, with a uniform color and reasonable straight grain.A specification of the quality with characteristics will be agreed during contract negotiations. In principle any dimension is possible but longer and wider lengths are relatively expensive

Area-wise characteristics of Myanmar Teak

Area-wise characteristics of Myanmar Teak

There are five grades - Special, First, Second, Third, Fourth.Logs must be straight and cylindrical and of good quality.Annual rings should be regular. A teak log of special quality must be free from ten defects: - Bee hole, Elephant skin, End flute mark, Green band, Double heart, Doyo, In bark. Pitch pocket. Triangular shape and Ring shake.
 

No

Area

Typical defects

Nature of
Stripe

Sawing
Yield %

Colour

Formation

1

Yamenthin

Not Promonent

V.Good

85

V.Good

Good

2

Pyinmana

Not Prominent

Good

60

V.Good

Good

3

Meikhtila

Heavy Suncracks

V.Good

95

V.Good

Fair

4

Pyau

Not Prominent

V.Good

90

V.Good

Good

5

Minbu

heavy Suncracks

V.Good

90

V.Good

Good

6

Pyin-Oo-Lwin

Not Prominent

V.Good

85

Medium

Good

7

Aunglan

Heavy Suncracks

V.Good

90

V.Good

Fair

8

Yaw

Not Prominent

V.Good

75

Good & Dull

Fair

9

Thayet

Heavy Suncracks

V.Good

80

V.Good

Fair

10

Zigon

Not Prominent

Good

50

Fair

Good

11

Kayah State

V.HeavySuncracks

Good

80

Dull

Poor

12

N.Shan State

Not Prominent

V.Good

70

Good

Good

13

Lr.Chindwin

Not Prominent

Good

60

Good

Good

14

Shwebo

Pitch Pocket
Black Spot

Thin

75

Good

V.Good

15

Mongmeik

Black Spot

Good

65

Good

V.Good

16

Pa-an

Not Prominent

Fair

60

Good

Good

17

N.Taung-Oo

Pitch Pocket

Poor

70

Good

Good

18

Kawkerik

Not Prominent

Poor

60

Good

Good

19

Myitkyina

Many Bee Holes
Heavy Pitch Pocket
Black Spot

V.Poor

10

Good

Good

20

W.Katha

Many Bee Holes

V.Poor

40

Good

Good

21

Bhamo

Many Bee Holes
Many Pitch Pocket

V.Poor

10

Good

Good

22

E.Katha

Many Bee Holes
Heavy Pitch Pocket
Black Spot

Fair

65

Medium

V.Poor

23

Up.Chindwin

Many Bee Holes
Heavy Pitch Pocket
Black Pocket

Fair

35

V.Poor

Good

24

Myitha

Heavy Pitch Pocket
Bee Holes
Black Spot

Fair

40

V.Poor

Good

25

S.Toing-Oo

Pitch Pocket

Thin

50

Poor

Good

26

S.Shan State

Heavy Pitch Pocket
Bee Holes
Cracks

V.Good

95

Poor

Poor

27

S.Pegu

Bee Holes

Thin

50

Good

Good

 

Availability

The popular forest divisions nowadays are Pyinmanar (K.), Mandalay division, Pyay Nawin (Q), Pago Division and Minbu (MB), Aunglan (P), Thayet(P*), Pakokku Yaw (J* & Jy*), Magway Division.Logs extracted from these areas are exported for marine production to the buyers all over the world.There is no more arrival of teak logs from such areas as Ohbauk (H), Taungdwingyi, Meikhtilar District and Yamethin (YA), Mandalay Division. In Yangon, logs from (K.*) Pyinmanar and Minbyin are not easily available at present. Q, MB, P*, P, *J, Jy* logs are very good for marine production and the chances for the availability of them become less and less.As it is difficult to get the above mentioned marine quality teak logs, teak logs from other areas are extracted as substitutes, for example, U* (Zigone), G* (Chindwin), D (Kawlin / Shwebo), * Taungoo / South, Y* (Taungoo / North). CD (Chin) etc. CD is a new substitute for Yaw and Gangaw area.As the availability of logs from the above mentioned areas was on a decline in the last 10 years, the volume of marine quality logs produced and exported has fallen.At present, teak logs are to be harvested from the virgin forests which had not been extracted before, and consequently, their quality is not so high as before.Marine quality teak logs cannot be available abundantly as before!

Best Harvesting Area

Area

Colour

Stripe

Form

Yamethin

Good

Little

Good

Pyinmana

Good

Little

Good

Pyi (Prome)

Good

Many

Good

Minbu

Good

Many

Good

Aung Lan

Good

Many

Good

Yaw

Good

Many

Good

Gantgaw

Good

Many

Good

Thayet

Good

Many

Good

Zigone

Good

Little

Good

Our Selection System

Quality control, careful selection on sourcing and precision machining are fixed points on the company activity.Specializing in the production of semi-finished teak we are able to achieve any measure and section according to particular needs.Our woodworking activity is focused on old grow teak : we are sourcing the logs only from best harvesting area, whereas our sawmill provide the final manufacturing.Our sawing division is specialize for the whole range of cutting of rough lumber to get different finished products according to the yachts quality standards.

Teak Grades

Teak wood is always a great choice, however, whenever possible you should consider buying the highest grade you can afford to ensure you are getting the best in quality.