ANCIENT KAURI WOOD
(The world's oldest workable timber!)
Being native only to the North Island of New Zealand, the Ancient Kauri wood has been preserved underground in a perfectly balanced environment. Coming from Kauri forests that grew 50,000 years ago, some of these Kauri trees grew for up to 2,000 years before falling from natural causes.
The Ancient Kauri trees found today had fallen into areas that, at that time were swamps and bogs. These logs have remained preserved beneath the surface of the surrounding land in the ideal mixture of organic material that has preserved the wood in perfect condition. While Ancient Kauri wood generally has a density that is similar to cherry or mahogany, the density can vary from piece to piece. This seems to depend on its location underground for thousands of years.
The Ancient Kauri trees being extracted from the northland of New Zealand are radiocarbon dated at 50,000 years old and older. As these ages push the limits of radiocarbon dating technology today, it is probable that the Kauri wood harvested is even older then this.
The Ancient Kauri logs are typically extracted from areas that were at one time bogs, but are now firmer and drier ground like farm fields and ranch lands. The logs are immense, and raising the logs to the surface is just part of the job. Moving them to a location to begin the milling process and the milling itself has necessitated some innovative equipment designs. Without the latest hydraulic technology the extraction of these logs would be impossible.
The scientific name for Kauri is Agathis Australis. This species belongs to the Araucariaceae plant family, which means the trees are Conifers, so they produce cones instead of flowers for reproduction. The oldest fossil of New Zealand Kauri is 175 million years old.
Kauri is among the largest species of trees in the world. Some Kauri trees grow to a height of 200 feet, with a girth of 40 feet. The largest Kauri tree on record had a girth of 77 feet and was 72 feet high, just to the first branch.
Early settlers of New Zealand cut incredible amounts of live, “above ground” Kauri that were often immense trees. Around the turn of the last century they used Kauri for shipbuilding, and everything from houses and bridges to furniture and household items.
Kauri trees do still grow in New Zealand today. These living, growing trees are now protected by law due to prior clear-cutting practices. Kauri trees continue to grow in other locations around the Pacific Rim too, including Australia, the Fijian Islands, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and New Caledonia. However the natural phenomenon of buried Ancient Kauri logs is only found in New Zealand.
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Shown Above: Total Length 16" with natural edge ends. The center part is about 9". It is 1.5" wide x 7/8" thick.
Shown Above: Total Length 16" with one natural end (about 3" long) and a few small bug holes. It is 1.5" square.