NC-09 teak
Reclaimed Teak Only (4)
There is also people who consider reclaimed teak as teakwood that had been old in age. This opinion consider, even the source of the material was not from normal sources such as houses, bridges, etc., can be categorized as ‘kayu lawas’. In this matter include what we call as STW wood (semi-old), which are comes from mass illegal logging in the year of 1997, buried teakwood, or log/beam teakwood being regarded as future savings. In our opinion, the moisture content for that kind of teakwood are still high to be produce as furniture because it has a risk of cracking if we send the goods in extreme climates such as to Europe or Northern America.

That kind of teakwood material is not yet being endured to climate changing (rainy and dry season) for some many years. For the color characters that are unique to reclaimed teak, that kind of teakwood, after the material are produce into furniture product, have to wait for some period of time to get the equal color with reclaimed teak color.

The fault concerned regarding this criss-cross opinion there are some people who thinks reclaimed teak furniture as any furniture that have the resemblance to the real one. They did not care from what teakwood material the furniture are made of, even if these furniture are made from completely new cut-down teakwood with really high moisture content they still did not care. They usually bought this kind of furniture in relatively cheap prices. This can be happen because the teakwood material, at least, is not from Perhutani (Government Teak Plantation) but from illegal logging or from private ownership teak trees.

The main concerned about this issue is the neglect ness that the furniture had been through some kind of chemical treatment. Also, to make the furniture resembles with reclaimed teak furniture, they usually do some kind of figuration on the surface of the goods. Meja Dingklik (Dingklik Table) is still our main example for the case. The material of dingklik (stool or bench) was originally taken from small stall’s/shop’s benches. Those materials are combines into one top table (a top table usually need 4 to 8 benches), leaving the original surface of the dingklik as it is so the top table will have a feel of coarseness and four rectangle holes (two on each side of bench, ex-leg). The original benches are used to sit, had been brush by the customer’s bottom, exposed to climate, and so on, years after years, so it has a very unique color (shiny, dark, coarse but smooth). When the benches transform into dining tables, what we see is something very beautiful, not only by natural process but also by history.

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