Appearance: The sapwood of teak is white to pale yellow, while they heartwood is dark golden-brown to dark golden-yellow to rich brown in color with darker chocolate-colored brown streaks. The species has a straight, occasionally wavy grain and is fairly coarse and uneven in texture. The wood itself can be greasy with shiny white pockets. This species has a dull luster.
Properties: Teak has a high resistance to decay and termite attack. In fact the oil secreted by the wood is reported to be a natural insect repellent. The wood remains smooth under friction and is reported to have the odor of leather when freshly cut. Chestnut is difficult and time consuming to dry properly.