Ancient Buried Tree Provides the Largest Board in the U.S.

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Blog entry by Ancientwood posted 06-25-2009 05:40 PM 1610 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Preserved for 50,000 years, one of the largest Ancient Kauri boards now resides in the U.S.

Ashland, WI—June 10, 2009—Ancientwood, Ltd., an importer and supplier of rare, ecologically harvested Ancient Kauri wood, has recently brought the largest board of ancient wood to the United States. This is one slab of wood measuring 40 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 4 1/2 inches thick! The Kauri tree this board came from took over 1,000 years to grow and has been buried underground for approximately 50,000 years.

40 Foot Table

Whether it becomes a table for dining or a boardroom (comfortably seating 50 people), a divider of a hotel lobby, or an installation in a Museum of Natural History, this is one fantastic piece of wood by anyone’s measure.

It is very rare to find such an exotic material made available through environmentally friendly methods. Ancient Kauri is an old growth timber, and not one tree was cut down to harvest it. Thousands of years ago these Kauri trees fell by natural forces, and are now being discovered just below the surface in farm fields and ranch lands. When a site is identified, permission is secured and expert operators of heavy equipment carefully expose and lift the logs out of their prehistoric setting.

Ancient Kauri is a unique material with an amazing beauty and intriguing history. This wood, commonly regarded as the oldest available in the world, is as workable as newly harvested wood. When a finish is applied the grain in the wood has a powerful shimmering iridescence, creating a 3-D effect that makes anything built from Ancient Kauri much like a precious gem. It is the perfect solution for unique, high-end projects that require an extraordinary material.

Ancient Kauri qualifies for LEED credits, and is being sought out by leading architects and designers for green building and design.

The Ancient Kauri trees are from the North Island of New Zealand and are not found in any other place on earth.

*Footage of the wood being removed from the ground in New Zealand is available upon request.

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#1 posted 06-25-2009 06:08 PM

Perfect for pen turning!

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#2 posted 06-25-2009 06:30 PM

No photo so it does not exist. : ^ )

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#3 posted 06-25-2009 07:27 PM

now thats just amazing. wish i had an extra million dollars lying around :/

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#4 posted 06-25-2009 09:19 PM

wow, this post just pegged my BS detector…. lol

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#5 posted 06-25-2009 10:19 PM

What a guy. He comes over here to try his bogus way of advertising. For that much he should be able to PAY to advertise on this site.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#6 posted 06-25-2009 10:26 PM

Ancientwood, Ltd. imports the Ancient Kauri from New Zealand; Ancientwood is the only importer in North America. This amazing wood is only found on the North Island of New Zealand. Ancientwood is a new and growing company, supplying woodworkers with this beautiful and unique wood.

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#7 posted 06-25-2009 10:38 PM

thanks for the post ancientwood. and thanks bentlyj for posting a workable website. what a magnificant slab of wood. the other slabs arn’t to shoddy either! fortunately i don’t have the cash for even the sutoffs so the temptation has passed…

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#8 posted 06-25-2009 11:30 PM

Wow, what a piece of wood. It would be interesting to work on this slab but I might have a little trouble getting it through my 6” jointer.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 06-26-2009 05:48 AM

Is it just me or does something look a little funny about those pictures. Why is the woman and slab so well lit and nothing else is, why does she cast a shadow on the wood but not on the floor… gotta watch those kiwis they are a tricky lot…lol

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#10 posted 06-26-2009 09:14 PM

I see about 100 projects comin out of that piece

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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