Burma Teak History


This particular 'Burma Teak' that we have acquired has an amazing story. It was originally cut from the old growth forest of North Burma (Myanmar) close to Mandalay over 180 years ago. It then floated down the Irrawaddy River or Ayeyarwady River to Rangoon as this was the main way for transportation of timber through and into Burma. Once in Rangoon this Teak was then built into British Colonial Settlements and stood for many years. Just over 10 years ago a good friend of ours acquired this timber as it was being demolished then brought it back to Australia. We intend to use is for producing some of the most beautiful frames we have ever made and perhaps a guitar neck or two

Teak or tectona grandis
'Burmese Teak' or 'Burma Teak' Is considered as one of the most resilient and beautiful timbers in our world. Teak also grows in countries such as India, Thailand, Laos and Indonesia. Old-growth teak remains the most sort after in this day however, it is nearly impossible to source it other than from old ruins, antiques and heritage buildings. 

There are many different variations and qualities of Teak. The main quality of teak is determined directly by its environment and particularly the soil in which it grows. Burma has some of the most richest soil conditions of the world and has and still produces the highest quality Teak.

Most countries have outlawed the harvesting of Teak Trees however Burma has been continually controlled and managed this issue ona on a sustainable basis since the middle 1800's. In the last 20 years the Burmese government have tightly policed all teak harvesting imposing strict sustainable forest management programs. Only particular trees selected by official foresters may be cut and they are only allowed to harvest with elephants, as this causes less damage than modern machinery.

Frame Measurements (47-25-146)
Burmese Teak Face and Ebonised Camphor Laurel Arms 
Hand crafted in West End, Queensland

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