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Ancient Kauri Wood

over 50,000 years old


Removing and loading an Ancient Kauri log on the Northern Island, New Zealand.


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 Island 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.

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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 are is then environmental consequences.


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


Extensive scientific Radio Carbon Dating tests have done on samples of Ancient Kauri by independent organizations that include:

The University of New Zealand in Waikato

The University of Sydney, Australia

The New Zealand Institute of Nuclear Science

Beta Analytic Inc. of Miami, FL the United States leading laboratory for radio carbon dating analyses. Dating has proven beyond doubt that these Kauri forests grew during the period 30,000 to more than 50,000 years ago.


Scientists are also studying the growth rings of Ancient Kauri to piece together a look at the environment of our planet before the arrival of modern man.

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  working on ancient log   Every finished piece becomes a collectable investment proven to stand the test of time. It is not known how much Ancient Kauri lies beneath the ground. Because there is afinite amount of Ancient KAuri available, you will want to take advantage of having the privileged opportunity to use and enjoy this distinctive and extremely rare wood.  
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