A START-UP business is turning heads with its distinctive range of ‘reclaimed’ Indonesian wood products.

Dale Thompson and Jyoti Lalchan, who live in York, launched their new venture in July with help from the Prince’s Trust Enterprise scheme, which is designed to help young people develop their new business ideas and help them with planning, funding and mentoring support.

The new venture, Teak Desire, has a website and a stall in York Shambles Market.

It is one of only a few outlets in the country that is importing such a wide range of stylish products that are handcrafted from recycled teak wood. Items include fruit bowls, stools, mirrors, chopping boards, plates and candle holders.

Most of the wood is reclaimed from old abandoned buildings, railway sleepers, fishing boats and trees that may have fallen more than 100 years ago.

Teak is renowned for its durability and is able to withstand extreme weather conditions. Each piece that is made from such wood has its own distinctive character, which is why Teak Desire use the strapline ‘It’s Never the Same’.

Mr Thompson said: “Sales in York have been very encouraging and we also trade through our website and are active in social media, but we have plans to extend our trading days and also to widen our appeal by seeking out other Yorkshire markets and craft fairs – especially as we head to the Christmas trading period.”

He said they had found people often saw the products on their stall and then bought them online. The fact their products were all reclaimed was a crucial element in their appeal.

“We have found that is very important for people who are buying from us, and it’s important to us as well,” he said.

Inspiration for the business came jointly, but it was Ms Lalchan who had a background in home décor and furniture retailing and felt the concept would do well.

She said: “So many people enjoy the beauty of the wood, the different textures and grain patterns and the fact that it is reclaimed and recycled adds to the appeal. We have been heartened by the level of interest so far.”