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A Couple Of Days In The Interior - Looking At Teak Plantations
Authored by: oldmanandthesea on Monday, October 03 2011 @ 07:16 PM EDT

Don, a great article. One of the most important things you pointed out is that teak needs a dry season as well as a wet season. This should be sufficient warning to people not to buy into the teak farms on the Atlantic side of Panama, those will never produce high grade teak.

The last ten years that I lived in the US, I spent restoring old wooden boats, so I have a lot of experience working with teak. In those ten years I pulled out a lot of rotten mahogany, but never a piece of rotten teak, it just doesn't rot because of the oil in the cells. Many varnish manufacturers recommend against varnishing teak because of the oil content which doesn't allow the varnish to properly adhere to the wood. I developed the definitive procedure for applying varnish to teak so that it will adhere for years if properly maintained. Many of my boat restorations took first place at the Washington Wooden Boat Show.

Anyone wanting to know the proper procedure for varnishing teak can contact me at and I'll guide you through it.

Clyde Jenkins