Ancient New Zealand Kauri
‘Agathis Australis’ is the generic name for New Zealand’s iconic ‘Kauri’ wood. Kauri logs and stumps can only be extracted from swamps created by long-past cataclysmic events or ice-age sea level changes. This buried wood is well-preserved but impregnated with minerals which create colours varying from golden honey to rich browns and the very rare green ancient kauri. Such swamp Kauri may be anywhere from 1000 to 60,000 years old. Cut Kauri trunk timber is typically a warm honey colour. Head, stump and branch wood tends to be more resinous with darker browns and interesting fiddleback quilting.