TEAK (Tectona Grandis)

The Teak tree derives from the Lamiaceae family, which reaches a height of up to 30 meters. Teak is native to India, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand and was introduced to Indonesia and Sri Lanka 300 years ago. In response to international demand, Teak was subsequently established in  African plantations, as well as Central and South America.

Teak wood has whitish sapwood, yellow heartwood, and has enormous stability in changing environments; it does not crack or rot, and is resistant to fungus and some acids. It is also very dense, which is why termites are unable to penetrate this wood. All of these characteristics make Teak one of the most valuable woods in the world, particularly for furniture, decorative coatings, luxury items, boats, bridges, and much more.

On average, it takes Teak 18 years to meet international exporting standards. However, due to the weather and soil conditions in Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Teak meets these same standards in only 15 years. This speaks volumes to the quality of our wood.

GMELINA (Gmelina Arborea):

The Gmelina tree derives  from the Lamiaceae family, and is native to India and Southeast Asia, subsequently introduced to Africa, Central and South America.

Gmelina is a fast growing and expansive tree, which is reasonably strong considering its light weight. Beechwood is used primarily in constructions, furniture, vehicles, sports equipment, musical instruments, and prosthetics. Once dry, Gmelina wood is relatively stable and moderately resistant to termites and degradation. This wood is very popular for doors, window panels, furniture, and other commonly used articles. It is also used for tea boxes, drawing tables, and paper.

Due to Costa Rica’s climate and soil, this wood grows easily, tall and thick. These characteristics guarantee high quality wood ideal to meet local and international demands.

COCOBOLO (Dalbergia Retusa)

The Cocobolo tree produces one of the strongest woods available. This tree is originally from Central America, a descendant from the Dalbergia Family, and reaches an average height of 20 to 25 meters. This wood is known for changing the color of its heartwood once cut and exposed to the climate. It has a fine texture, it is highly dense, and it has an oily look and feel to it.

Because of its strength, durability, beauty, and density, this wood is often used to produce high quality luxury items. For example, pool cue inlays, guitars, basses, clarinets, pistol grips, jewelry boxes, and much more. Similarly, because of its strength, it is also used as pistol bullets.