Kottackal Timbers


Teak is a tropical hardwood species placed in the family Lamiaceae. Tectona grandis is a large, deciduous tree that occurs in mixed hardwood forests. It has small, fragrant white flowers and papery leaves that are often hairy on the lower surface.It is particularly valued for its durability and water resistance, and is used for boat building, exterior construction, veneer, furniture, carving, turnings, and other small wood projects.
Teak is easy to work, relatively lightweight, and suffers from minimal seasonal movement. Teak is diffuse-porous with medium pores, and is usually straight-grained. All of these factors make the wood ideal for most woodworking processes.Kottackal is the largest stockiest of Kerala forest Teak woods.


If teak is the king, then rosewood would be considered to be the queen of wood. It is heavy and hard. Rosewood is noted for its stability and resistance to decay. Being dark reddish brown in color has perhaps earned it the name. Good quality rosewood also possesses a distinct fragrance.
Rosewood comes from Dalbergia latifolia known as (East) Indian rosewood or snorkeling (Indonesia). It is native to Indiaand is also grown in plantations elsewhere in Southeast Asia. All rosewoods are strong and heavy, taking an excellent polish, being suitable for handles, furniture, and luxury flooring, etc.


Mahogany has a straight, fine, and even grain, and is relatively free of voids and pockets. Its reddish-brown color darkens over time, and displays a reddish sheen when polished. It has excellent workability, and is very durable. Historically, the tree's girth allowed for wide boards from traditional mahogany species. These properties make it a favorable wood for crafting cabinets and furniture.
Anjili or Aini's wood is prized for its durable timber which is comparable in quality with teak. The timber was used extensively in the construction of ceilings, door frames and furniture in older buildings, especially in Kerala. The famous snake boats of Kerala are often hewn out of the Aini's wood.