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.
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.
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Robert Teisberg, please go to www.ancientwood.com