The Ancient Kauri Story

by fletch on June 6, 2009

Ancient Kauri is the world`s oldest workable timber.

The prehistoric Kauri forests that grew 50,000 years ago are preserved under the surface of the North Islands of New Zealand.

Buried under a peat swamp by an unexplained act of nature, the trees have survived the centuries in an underground resting place, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in perfect condition.

The trees grew for nearly 2000 years before they were buried. Some have a girth of around 40 feet, and a total height of nearly 200 feet.  They are among the largest trees in the world.

Extraction of the logs is time consuming, expensive and technically difficult requiring skilled operators of heavy machinery.  Working in wet conditions each log must be carefully brought to the surface.  Once removed from the ground the log is assessed, then milled to yield the best grain and timber qualities.

After the log has been removed, the area is then restored to its original contours with no environmental consequences.

Despite its long burial, with careful selection, cutting and drying, the wood maintains it beautiful qualities and finishes to a rich cognac shade.  When polished the wood is a deep colour with hues, textures and sheen`s that constantly change under differing shades of light.  It literally glistens as if lit from beneath the surface.

Every finished piece becomes a collectible investment proven to stand the test of time.  It is not known how much Ancient Kauri lies beneath the ground, because there is limited amount of Ancient Kauri available, you will want to take advantage of having the privileged opportunity to enjoy this distinctive and extremely rare wood.

The harvesting of Ancient Kauri is an ecologically sound practice.  Harvesting this wood entails no cutting of any standing trees and all of the land is redressed to its original contours, Ancient Kauri is very Eco friendly.

Radio carbon dating places the age of the Ancient Kauri trees that are being excavated from the northland of New Zealand at 50,000 years old.  This is the maximum limit of radio carbon dating, and it is quite possible the wood is even older than this age!!

-40,000 years ago the oldest Homo Sapiens were walking the planet.

-16,000 years ago the depressions that will become the Great Lakes were fully formed.

– 10,000 years ago wooly mammoths and saber tooth tiger became extinct.

Law now protects the Kauri trees that grow in New Zealand, and there are reserves in various areas of the North Island.

The early settlers of New Zealand harvested incredible amounts of Kauri around the turn of the last century, using it first for ship building, and then for everything from houses and bridges to furniture and household items.

Ancient Kauri trees, however, are not found anywhere else on earth.

The oldest fossil of New Zealand Kauri is 175 million years old.

If you have any interest in acquiring one of these spectacular pieces to become a magnificent dinning table, coffee table or a rare piece of art then please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

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