the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
teak / Tectona grandis **
(syn. Tectona theca)
also Tectona hamiltoniana and Tectona philippinensis,
both of which are Philippine teak
5" x 5" flat cut, 5" x 5" quartersawn, 3/4" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Usually Ring porous with large earlywood pores in rows of up to 4 or 5 pores thick and medium to small latewood pores. Occasional pore multiples (generally radial) of 2 or 3 pores, all with vasicentric parenchyma. Growth ring boundaries are clear, marginal parenchyma is present, sometimes thick, rays are obvious at 10X and there can be very obvious, albeit fairly small, ray flakes on quartersawn surfaces.
Sometimes semi ring porous or even diffuse porous
Widely used for high end sail-boat decks due to two things: (1) its resistance to fading due to saltwater and sunlight and its ready acceptance of a chemical treatment that brings back the natural beauty once it DOES suscumb to the salt and sun, and (2) the fact that it does not promote rusting of contiguous metal fittings.
** There are several dozen species that have "teak" as all or part of one or more of their common names but this page is intended for Tectona spp. unless otherwise noted with a sample.
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions