Monday, February 25, 2013


Teak is expensive.  You'll know this if you start looking for it on eBay.  There you'll find sellers offering individual boards, really more as jewelry than as lumber.

Six pieces of teak, 4" x 1/2", 4' long

Those six little pieces of teak, easily carried in one hand were breathtakingly expensive - $173 to be exact.  If you don't have a calculator handy, that works out to $40/net board foot (plus WA state tax).  It's easy to see why modern boat builders have all but abandoned the use of teak.

Eolian was built before the price of teak went thru the roof.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  Blessing because she has a rich, full teak interior.

But that is a curse too.  It's why I had to buy those delicate little boards to make a valance for above her large fixed ports.  With the rest of the interior made of teak, it just wouldn't do to use something else.

And yes, that means a new project is coming...



Courtney said...

Yeah, but it's gorgeous! Having good taste is expensive, Bob. It's a shame, but we all have our crosses.

Deb said...

You're buying it at the wrong place. Go to and talk to Rex. We've bought a ton of high quality stuff from him that he even machined and we never paid even close to that.

S/V Kintala

Robert Salnick said...

Deb -

We'll see. I put in a request for a quote.

So far I can't say a lot for their responsiveness...


Robert Salnick said...

... and here is the reply:

Hello Robert,

Sorry, I cannot help you with this request. This wood has knots.

With best regards,

Rex Rothing

WoodShop 102

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