Our best hardwoods are:
CHANUL (Similar to red Cumaru) ,
and TEAK .
Teak (Tectona grandis) is considered by mariners to be the world's most valuable and versatile hardwood.
The rare beauty of teak, its rich golden brown luster, decorative grain and unique properties or strength, stability, and resistance to wear have made it the most demanded wood for marine use. Teak is known as the King of Woods.
There are many uses for teak and very few substitutes. Teak is a pillar of the shipbuilding industry. Teak has been used on aircraft carriers, tall mast graceful clipper ships, exquisite cruise ships, refined yachts, dinghies as well as rugged workboats. For centuries teak decks have been the wood of excellence, but few people know all of the remarkable benefits and applications of this unique wood.
On the exterior teak decks are specified because teak is the only wood that can withstand the harsh dramatic changes of the sea water and broiling sun and does not split, crack or warp.