What Is Meant By “Reclaimed” Teak?
Reclaimed means salvaged and reused. Teak’s incredible resilience made it the ideal building material in old Indonesia – It was used to build everything from railroads to traditional Javanese homes, including the Joglo. Constructed entirely of strong teak beams and ceramic tile roofs, Joglos were perfect both for protection during the rainy season and the hot dry season. Building a Joglo was a communal effort, and they were ornately decorated with intricate carvings. Untold thousands were built, but during the Dutch Colonial period they began to be demolished. The Joglo pictured here belongs to one of our artisans, who uses it as an office. Note the old beams stacked along the left side.
These beams of old growth teak were salvaged from an older Joglo. The square holes in them were cut for mortise and tenon joinery, which is how the old houses were built. Look at our reclaimed teak furniture and you will often see where these holes have been patched. Our artisans plane this rare wood into boards and use it to build our furniture, ensuring that you not only have furniture that is extraordinarily strong, distinctive, and durable, but also has a rich history and is environmentally responsible.