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Mys-Teak Plantation Teak

The Roots of Mys-Teak Plantation Teak

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The Mys-Teak story began in 2001 with the question of where to start a teak plantation. After four years of searching for the best location, Costa Rica was chosen. First of all, its growing conditions are excel­lent, but also high on the list was political stability and a healthy cultural and governmental respect for the environment. Interestingly, Costa Rica is the only country in the world to achieve a net increase in forested area in the last 25 years. Attention to detail from the beginning has played a huge role in the product Mys-Teak is now harvesting. Working very closely with the local community, Mys-Teak started by planting seeds and today supplies high-quality, plantation-grown teak.
Lumber grade is of high importance to Mys-Teak, which allows their customers to get exactly what they need at a price point indicative of that grade. There are four grades to choose from. “First European Quality” (FEQ) is often used for marine applications, and includes mini­mal to no knots or pinholes, and has zero sapwood. Slightly below FEQ is their “G1S Grade” teak. This grade displays FEQ standards on one side, and the possibility of tight knots on the other side. Next, their “100% Heartwood” grade is comprised of only heartwood and includes sound knots. Finally, Mys-Teak’s “Designer Grade” mixes sapwood and heartwood which can be used for strong visual benefit, especially with indoor projects. Thicknesses range from 4/4 to 8/4. 


“A common misconception with teak is that it is purchased only for its beauty, and if a similar looking wood is found for cheaper, it can replace teak. This is false,” says Robert Hick, owner of Mys-Teak. “The value of teak,” Hick explains, “is in its physical stability, strength and in the chemical properties found in the heartwood. The attractiveness is simply an added bonus. Traditionally, the North American market has only ever had interest in pure heartwood with a tight grain pat­tern; the sapwood and any heartwood with knots has simply not been used. With the scarcity of old growth teak, growing consumer demand for ethically sourced teak and the growing dependence on well-man­aged plantations, this market demand is being revisited.”
In addition to their careful grading process, Mys-Teak’s rough sawn lumber is 100% natural. Harsh chemicals aren’t a part of their grow­ing or harvesting process, which means their wood is very safe to use, essential for both indoor and outdoor projects.


“Different cultures have different requirements, uses and toler­ances for the end product,” Hick says. “As we knew our wood was destined for Canada, we invested heavily in continual pruning of limbs to reduce knots, in tying up trees to ensure straight trunks, and heavy thinning in order to maximize volume in a smaller quantity of select trees.”
Every decision Mys-Teak has made focuses on ethical, social and responsible environmental development. Not only have these decisions allowed them to provide high-quality plantation teak to their current customers, but their long-term approach means they will be able to continue doing so for many years to come.
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