Janka Hardness Scale: 3540
Origin: Brazil, Suriname, Peru, Panama, Colombia, and French Guiana
Exotic, extremely hard wood
Most Brazilian Teak is milled in South America because it is more cost effective. The lumber ranges from 1-7′ lengths and 2 1/4″ to 5″ widths st to fit into shipping containers. If long lengths or wide planks are needed, raw lumber must be shipped to the U.S. and milled there. This can double the price because of waste and labor costs. Also, raw lumber is taxed heavily to support the South American economies.
- Clear grade is color sorted for a rich, consistent red brown color. This is the most popular grade.
- Select and Better has slight color variation.
- Rustic grade has extreme color variation, ranging from deep browns and reds to yellow.