So, yesterday while slabbing some Eucalyptus where is was felled in town, our local feller stopped by to ask if I wanted some log sections of a tree they had just felled. When I asked what it was he didn’t know, but promised to fine out from one of our local tree experts.
True to his word, he drove by half an hour later and told me it was New Zealand Kauri Pine. I knew nothing about it, but his best chainsaw man told me it was quite hard, and the sample he had with him looked quite attractive. So naturally I said yes please, and they delivered two logs to my home later in the day.
Oh Boy are these ever a pair of logs !!!
Each is about 1.7m long and about 800mm diameter. Apparently Kauri Pine is not a known wood in South Africa and I have never heard of it, and there is no market for it commercially, but it was historically used for ship building, and was highly prized for masts as they are very even grained and generally straight.
Here is an appeal to the Kiwis and Aussies on this site – Does anyone here know anything about this wood and how it behaves under tools? Do you have any suggested uses? I’ll be slabbing it soon, and would like to know how thick I should cut it for best use after it has cured.
-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.