High-value tropical hardwoods are renowned across the globe for their exceptional beauty, durability, strength, and resistance to rot and insect attack. This has generated a huge market for illegal logging and deforestation. TerraMai has one of the only sustainable sources of some of the most coveted species of tropical hardwoods on the planet.
Decades ago, huge, ancient forests in Central and South America were flooded, creating reservoirs for water storage and power generation. Below these manmade lakes is an abundance of perfectly preserved tropical woods. TerraMai harvests these submerged giants alongside local communities.
Expert divers are sent out in barges with specialized underwater harvesting tools, dive in, and reclaim the riches these flooded forests provide.
Water reclamation is an ecologically friendly alternative to obtaining tropical woods where no living trees are cut. The species TerraMai reclaims are Ipe, Angelique, and Rock Walnut. To know you are getting the most sustainably sourced, water reclaimed products, look for the Water Reclaimed badge below.
Water Reclaimed Project Spotlight: Angelique in Modular Panel Square Slat
For wood pulled from the depths of a flooded forest, TerraMai’s Angelique shines with cozy confidence in this residential installation in California. Virtuoso Interior Design created a beautiful accent wall for this home office using TerraMai’s Square Slat Modular Panels, backlit by lights and the natural warmth of wood.
TerraMai’s Angelique is an exquisitely clean tropical hardwood with the toughness to take on the elements in graceful style. The standing submerged exotic trees are extracted to produce TerraMai’s Angelique Siding and Decking are incredibly free of knots and signs of surface character. And it’s naturally Class A fire resistant; making it a beautiful, sustainable, and smart selection.
Got a project coming up that Angelique (or any of our other water reclaimed woods) would be perfect for? You can find our incredible team of wood experts through this link to get the ball rolling. Want to get your hands on samples of Angelique (and other wood species)? We got you covered.