Juniperus phoenicea

Juniperus phoenicea or 'φίδα' as it is called in Tenos by the locals, at least those who still remember it growing on the slopes of the island, is the only local wood that is naturally insect-resistant and very hard! It was broadly used in house construction for it’s natural resistance to insect infection as well as its toughness but also used as fuel by the ironsmiths of the island. It is now almost extinct.

Juniperus phoenicea

Juniperus phoenicea or “φίδα” as it is called in Tenos by the locals, at least those who still remember it growing on the slopes of the island, is the only local wood that is naturally insect-resistant and very hard! It was broadly used in house construction for it’s natural resistance to insect infection as well as its toughness but also used as fuel by the ironsmiths of the island. It is now almost extinct.

One very old piece still remains in Loutra rental house, Tenos, on top of the small door of the secondary bedroom. It is as hard as metal and really beautiful to see.