Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ancient Kauri (Agathis Australis)

Status: Not Rated. Living trees are rated as Conservation Dependent (Lower Risk).

Other Common Names: Swamp Kauri

Found on New Zealand's North Island, this member of the Araucariaceae family (Agathis) grew up to 200 feet in height and 40 feet in diameter.

Pale Yellowish white to Golden Brown in color.

Not very dense with fine grain, machines well and turns beautifully  Specific Gravity: .44-.55. Avg. Dry Weight: 34 pounds per cubic foot.

Takes a finish easily.

Used to make Boats, Musical Instruments, Cabinetry and furniture.

Excavated from swamplands in New Zealand, these trees grew for more than 2000 years before being buried . They then remained in a low oxygen environment preventing decay for 35,000-50,000 years.

Ancient Kauri
One of the main excavation companies removed a large trunk section and carved an internal spiral staircase before building their headquarters around it. 
Ancient Kauri Staricase at Ancient Kauri Kingdom in New Zealand

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