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  • Cites | Diamond Tropical Hardwoods

    CITES CITES LIST OF SPECIES The issue and ethics surrounding the utilization of trees for lumber is oftentimes both expansive and ambiguous. Not only are there questions of sustainability (i.e., given the current rate of harvesting, can a particular species continue to reproduce at a sustainable rate so that demand will not outstrip supply?), but there’s also the matter of habitat destruction (i.e., even if a tree species can be sustainably harvested from the wild, would doing so destroy or endanger other species in the same habitat?). Further mixed into this murky cocktail is the fact that for some countries—especially poorer third-world countries—lumber is big business, and placing a restriction on such a lucrative sector of their commerce would be seen as counter-productive, and consequently actual or potential levels of exploitation may not be easily or readily discovered. However, despite the complexity of the issue, and the incomplete or even possibly faulty data, some information is better than no information. With these shortcomings in mind, there are two international entities that will be used and cited on this website, CITES and the IUCN. CITES An international agreement between governments was formed in 1973, called the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, or CITES for short. CITES has three different levels of protection for species, known as Appendices. Appendix I – This appendix represents species that are in the most danger and are considered to be threatened with extinction, and are consequently the most restricted in international trade. Appendix II – This appendix contains species that are at risk in the wild, but not necessarily threatened with extinction. Species in this appendix are closely regulated, but are typically not as restricted as Appendix I. Appendix III – This appendix contains species that a certain country (called a “party” within CITES), has voluntarily requested to be regulated in order to help preserve the species in question. Appendix III species regulation is only applicable for the specific party that has requested its inclusion, and is therefore much less restrictive than Appendix I or II. Although there are literally thousands of plant species protected under CITES, only a portion of these species are trees, and of the included tree species, only a relatively small portion of them are actually used as lumber. Thus, the list below is a condensed and simplified version of the CITES Appendices, including only the species of trees that are typically used or harvested for lumber. Jan 2, 2017 update: Coming up at the beginning of 2017, there are a few big changes set to go into effect on the CITES appendices. Most notably, the entire Dalbergia genus (all true rosewoods) will be on Appendix II. Also, Bubinga will be listed under Appendix II, and appears that this will also include finished products made from the wood as well. The issue and ethics surrounding the utilization of trees for lumber is oftentimes both expansive and ambiguous. Not only are there questions of sustainability (i.e., given the current rate of harvesting, can a particular species continue to reproduce at a sustainable rate so that demand will not outstrip supply?), but there’s also the matter of habitat destruction (i.e., even if a tree species can be sustainably harvested from the wild, would doing so destroy or endanger other species in the same habitat?). Note that a listing generally means that trade of the raw wood, either in log, board, or veneer form, is restricted. On some species, the restriction is even greater, and includes even finished products made of or including a protected wood: one of the most common instances of this is with guitars made of Brazilian Rosewood. In these instances, it is illegal to take such items across international borders without a proper export permit. If you believe that the wood or finished wood product was harvested/made before the date of the CITES listing, you still cannot legally travel with or export the wood unless you have written proof or other evidence that it was obtained before the listing date. If you have the required evidence, and are willing to pay a processing fee and wait 2-3 months for processing, then you may be eligible for a Pre-Convention Certificate. In most cases, importing/exporting raw wood listed on CITES Appendices I or II can be complicated and costly, and in most cases, is neither legal nor encouraged. Some wood is further restricted to include even finished wood products, and in all but the most exceptional cases, is not recommended. If ever in doubt on such complicated issues, be sure to consult proper authorities to get a matter clarified. • CITES • United States Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Teak Bases | Diamond Tropical Hardwoods

    Why Choose Teak Bases? Teak is a highly sought-after wood for its durability, strength, and natural resistance to rot and decay. At Diamond Tropical Hardwoods, we take pride in utilizing every inch of the tree in our products, and our teak bases are no exception. These bases are crafted from the highest quality teak and are designed to be both functional and elegant. The natural beauty of the wood is enhanced by our skilled craftsmanship, resulting in a base that is not only durable but also visually striking. What Can Teak Bases Be Used For? Our teak bases are perfect for a variety of uses. They can be used as the foundation for a dining table, coffee table, or even as a standalone piece of furniture. The natural resistance of teak means that it can be used both indoors and outdoors without fear of damage from the elements. The wood is also resistant to warping, making it an ideal choice for bases that will be supporting heavy loads. Are Teak Bases Sustainable? At Diamond Tropical Hardwoods, we are committed to sustainability. Our teak is sourced from responsibly managed forests, ensuring that we are doing our part to protect the environment. By using all parts of the tree in our products, we are also reducing waste and making the most of the resources available to us. When you choose one of our teak bases, you can be confident that you are making a responsible and environmentally-friendly choice. FAQ - Teak Bases Sort by Quick View Sanded Teak Base - T2716 Regular Price $523.00 Sale Price $392.25 Quick View Sanded Teak Base - T2715 Regular Price $406.00 Sale Price $304.50 Quick View Sanded Teak Base - T2714 Regular Price $427.00 Sale Price $320.25 Quick View Sanded Teak Base - T2717 Regular Price $384.00 Sale Price $288.00 Quick View Sanded Teak Base - T2709 Regular Price $384.00 Sale Price $288.00 Quick View Sanded Teak Base - T2708 Regular Price $533.00 Sale Price $399.75 Quick View Sanded Teak Base - T2707 Regular Price $406.00 Sale Price $304.50 Quick View Sanded Teak Base - T2713 Regular Price $363.00 Sale Price $272.25 Quick View Sanded Teak Base - T2710 Regular Price $358.00 Sale Price $268.50 1 2

  • Teak Planters and Containers | Diamond Tropical Hardwoods

    Custom Planters We have done all sorts of custom planters orders. We can create anything you imagine! Popular alterations include : Stainless steel casters/wheels that can have brakes. Storage covers that can be removed or with stainless steel hinges dampeners Asphalt liners Faucet on the bottom to allow for drainage when you want Bench and planter combination We can put just about any bell or whistle on your box and even paint these! Send an email or call and begin constructing your dream planter! 215-257-2556 Planters BUY NOW BUY NOW 19x4x4 Herb Planters 13x3x3 About Our Planters We have been making these solid teak wood planters for nearly 20 years. We have a tried and true design that is both elegant and durable. Our planters are made with genuine teak wood (scientific name Tectona grandis). These planters are made with marine-grade stainless steel hardware and the best waterproof adhesives. These planters have raised feet or cleats that allow them to dry out underneath. All planters come with drainage holes and the soil can be placed directly in the planter–no liner is needed. We have made tens of thousands of these planters. They hold up really well in ice and snow. Over time the planters weather to a beautiful silver color. These planters can be painted or stained. BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW 20x20x20 16x16x16 Cube Tree Box Planters 24x24x24 12x12x12 BUY NOW 28x28x28 BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW 48x16x16 36x16x16 Big Tree Teak Planters 24x16x16 BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW 36x6x6 30x6x6 Window Box Planters 48x6x6 24x6x6 BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW 60x20x20 48x20x20 36x20x20 BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW 36x8x8 30x8x8 48x8x8 24x8x8 BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW BUY NOW 36x12x12 30x12x12 48x12x12 24x12x12

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  • Reflecting on the Impact of 30 Years of Tree Planting and Environmental Stewardship

    It’s hard to believe that we have been planting trees for more than 30 years. Until my four children were born I was most proud of our trees. Now some of these trees are up to 40 inches in diameter and 150 feet tall. In some of our projects we have been replanting, with improved knowledge of spacing, pruning, and other silvicultural activities. A lot of the people who started working with us are still here—Mario, Luis, Elidio, etc. We are grateful for the many people who have supported us over the years and helped us to build a business one tree at a time. We are proud to include some of the finest companies that are concerned about the environment--these include Martin Guitar and Munder-Skiles which only use sustainable wood.

  • Teak Oil vs Teak Sealer: Which Is the Best for Your Outdoor Furniture?

    Introduction Your new teak furniture looks great! Its rich, golden color makes a beautiful addition to your patio or backyard. However, it needs a little help from you to stay this way. A common question from teak owners, when they reach this step, is whether they should be using oil or sealer to finish their furniture. It is important to understand what each does before choosing one for your teak. We’ve laid out all you need to know below. What is Teak Wood? Teak is a tropical hardwood tree species that is best known for its impressive durability and water resistance. It has a high natural oil content, primarily silica, which provides its strength and decay resistance as well as its stunning color. Because of this, teak can be left untouched and still remain uniquely beautiful. If exposed to sunlight, it will become weathered and will turn a beautiful silver-gray color over time. Though some teak owners prefer this rugged look, if you’re not one of these people, you’ll want to apply a finish. Read on to learn more about oil vs sealer and which one you should be using to finish your teak furniture. (Spoiler alert, it’s oil!) Teak Oil A common misconception is that the teak oil sold in stores is oil that has been extracted from teak trees. It is actually made up of a combination of linseed oils, tung oils, varnishes, and/or thinners. It’s referred to as teak oil because it's meant to be used on teak furniture. Applying an oil finish to your teak furniture will “feed” the wood, giving it a dazzling golden glow. This will protect your wood from any stains and give it another layer of protection. Teak Oil is a great way to add another layer of protection to your furniture and bring out the figure in the wood. It can be a great option for many! Sealer This brings us to what seems like the obvious choice: sealer. Unlike oils, sealers don’t “feed” the teak wood, but rather they seal in its existing oil. Besides providing your wood with a healthy-looking finish and a tint of your choosing—clear, natural, honey, gold, or brown—sealers offer the following benefits: UV Protection UV radiation from the sun carbonizes teak’s natural oils over time. This is what leads to the silver-gray color. Finishing your teak with sealer prevents this. Mildew Protection Though teak is more resistant to water damage than other kinds of wood, mildew can still accumulate on its surface. The sealer prevents mildew from growing on your teak. Oxidation Protection Exposure to air and sunlight will cause the oil in your teak furniture to evaporate and oxidize. Again, if you want the gray weathered look, do not apply a sealer and allow the teak to age naturally. How to Apply Oil Leave your teak furniture exposed to direct sunlight for 2 weeks. This opens up the grain of the wood, allowing the oil to stick better when applied. Clean your teak. This can be done with a soft bristle brush and soapy water or a teak cleaning product. Let dry naturally before completing the next step. Apply Oil with a sponge, lint-free cloth, or hand-held pressure sprayer. Apply a second coat after the first has dried. Closing As a reminder, teak sealer protects your furniture against UV, mildew, and oxidation. It also proves to be less maintenance while upholding and enhancing the beautiful color of your teak. Though oil will give your furniture a beautiful glow, it will not last, and its upkeep can become a pain. Overall, Oil is a great option for finishing your teak. If you’re in the business for some new teak or have any questions about the wood, keep Diamond Tropical Hardwoods in mind! All of our beautiful teak is sustainably sourced from Costa Rica and 100% FSC certified. Read more here.

  • Upgrade Your Garden with Teak Wood Planters

    Introduction Thinking of sprucing up your garden with some planters? With many options for material and style, it can be difficult to determine what works best. Teak wood makes the best planters. Continue reading for more information about why teak may be perfect for your garden, as well as how to clean and maintain your beautiful teak planters. What is Teak Wood? Teak (Tectona grandis) is a tropical hardwood tree species that is best known for its impressive durability and water resistance. It is originally golden brown in color and has a smooth grain and texture. Teak wood has a high natural oil content, primarily silica, which provides its strength and decay resistance as well as its stunning color. All of these characteristics make it a very popular choice for outdoor furniture, countertops, cutting boards, and more. Benefits of Teak Wood Planters Beauty The most striking aspect of teak wood is its beauty. Teak’s unique golden color is highly sought after. It makes a beautiful, natural addition to any garden. Over the years as teak is exposed to the elements, the color fades to a beautiful and soft, gray patina. Many teak owners enjoy this distinguished silvery-gray look. Others prefer the teak’s original color and take steps to preserve it. Durability One of the most appealing characteristics of teak wood is its trusty durability. Teak is a very hard wood, so problems with cracking and splintering are minimal. As previously mentioned, teak has large amounts of natural oil. Because oil and water don't mix, rain cannot easily penetrate the surface which makes teak water resistant as well as resistant to rotting and warping. This is an extremely important quality for a planter, as water is essential for healthy plants. Aesthetic Versatility Part of teak’s versatility comes from the fact that it offers two distinct colors—golden brown or silvery gray. This allows it to fit right in with a multitude of different aesthetic styles. Teak planters can provide a subtle, muted elegance, as well as a warm, inviting element to your garden. What’s more, is that you are not permanently locked into either of these colors. If you choose to uphold the original golden color, you may opt for a teak oil to finish your planters. If you want to try out the gray, skip the yearly staining and watch your beautiful planter mature into a silver hue. How to Maintain Your Teak Planters In order to ensure that your planters live up to their expectations, some maintenance is recommended. Feel free to check out our blog on restoring outdoor teak furniture for a more in-depth guide. Cleaning Hose off your planter to remove any loose dirt. Grab a soft brush, sponge, or rag and begin cleaning with a teak cleaner or a simple soapy water solution. Be sure to avoid using a metal brush or steel wool on your teak, as they are too harsh. Grab your hose again and rinse your planter once more. This step is important, as leftover soap can interfere with the refinishing process and wear down your wood. Sanding Sanding your planter will remove the outer layer of gray wood and any leftover impurities. Use a medium to coarse-grit sandpaper or a finer grit if any rough patches persist. If you have a lot of surface area to cover, you can opt for a power sander. Just be sure to wear a dust mask and eye protection if you go this route. Washing Once More Giving your planter one more wash ensures that all dust and debris are cleaned from the surface. For this step, we recommend a simple water and vinegar solution. Gently rub the solution on with a sponge or rag, then rinse it off with your hose. Applying an Oil This step will provide extra protection to your teak as well as preserve its natural color for longer. It is important to note that you should take caution when choosing a oil for planters, especially if you are growing edible plants. Look for an eco-friendly, non-toxic wood preservative—safe for you and your plants. You can use this on the inside and outside of your planters. To apply the oil, we recommend first pouring it into a bowl. Then, dip a rag into the bowl and rub the rag over your planter. After you’ve covered the whole surface area, give it a few hours to dry and add a second coat. For best results, repeat this process every year. In Conclusion… Teak provides the unique beauty, durability, and versatility that your planters need. Little maintenance is required to uphold these benefits, especially if you prefer to let your teak age to its soft, gray patina. Either way, your gardens will look lovely with the addition of teak planters. Where You Buy Your Teak Matters At Diamond Tropical Hardwoods, all of our teak has been sustainably sourced from our plantations in Costa Rica. It is all 100% FSC certified with proper chain of custody certifications. Diamond Tropical Hardwoods has been making teak wood planters for 20 years. They contain marine-grade stainless steel hardware and trusted waterproof adhesives. Each comes with drainage holes and your soil can be placed directly in the planter—no need for a liner. If you’re looking for a unique custom order, we are up for just about any challenge you throw our way. Send us an email or call to begin constructing your dream planter today! 215-257-2556

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