The story of Diamond Teak grew out of a desire to help and serve others. Kevin and Christine Yardley, two magna cum laude Harvard graduates and newlyweds, both volunteered to teach english for the World Teach Organization in Costa Rica. Because there was no guarantee of them being stationed in the same area, Christine became a teacher in the program while Kevin began dedicating his prodigious energy to protecting the environment in an entrepreneurial way. In 1992, Diamond Teak bought their first degraded cattle farm and began planting teak. In addition to farming teak, they have planted seventy other species including endangered native trees such as mahogany, purpleheart and cocobolo rosewood. Their 12 plantations protect more than 1000 acres of primary and secondary jungle and provide safe havens for an incredibly diverse selection of flora and fauna. Kevin has seen the impact of logging in the rainforest and the widespread harm that it produces. This is why Diamond Teak adheres to the internationally renowned principles of the Forest Stewardship Council certifying their reforestation projects by the FSC approved Smartwood Program. The end result is the finest teak wood furniture made from the best wood hand-selected by master craftspeople.