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Ancient Kauri - The Oldest Workable Wood On the Planet
Radio carbon dating places the age of the Ancient Kauri trees that are being removed from the northland of New Zealand atleast 50,000 years old.  This is the limit of radio carbon dating, it is probable that this wood is older.

The magnitude of ancient Kauri buried on the North Island of New Zealand is unknown. The trees were knocked over and buried by an unknown act of nature near the end of the last Ice Age. Some of the removed Kauri lived for nearly 2,000 years, and are enormous.

How is Ancient Kauri harvested?

The logs are beneath the surface of what are usually farm fields and ranch lands. When a tract is identified, approval is secured and operators of heavy equipment carefully reveal and lift the logs out of the bogs.

They are huge, and bringing the logs to the surface is just part of the job. Moving them to a location to begin the cutting process, has necessitated new innovative equipment designs and plain old lumberman's ingenuity.

Does Kauri still grow?

Yes.

The Kauri trees grow in New Zealand, along with other locations, including Australia, the Fijian Islands, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and New Caledonia.  The early settlers of New Zealand harvested Ancient 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.

The law now protects the Kauri trees that grow in New Zealand, and there are reserves in various areas of the North Island. Ancient Kauri trees, however.
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Ancient Kauri
Ancient Kauri Pen $59.95 USD