Just got back from New Zealand and as usual when I travel I check out the local wood situation this time Rewarewa wood took my eye. So I brought some back and have since done a little more research but surprisingly on Lumberjocks there doesn’t seem to be much about it or its uses. The photo’s show by cutting it at different angles the figure changes dramatically which is rather nice. Photo 3 shows the surface after a wipe of linseed. If anyone has worked this wood I’d be pleased to see and hear about the result.
In general the feedback from woodworkers it seems is that it’s hard to come by. I managed to find a small lumber yard north of Auckland with about 8-10 cubic meters of it cut and finished in different sizes they informed me they can get more if needed. The piece I purchased for 20 NZ dollars was 3000×5 x 5cm which I then cut down to bring home.
If you’re having difficulty trying to source wood from NZ or China let me know as I might be able to help with one of my contacts. I also visited another Kauri museum further north than the Kauri Museum ( www.kauri-museum.com ) that has a spiral staircase cut with a chainsaw from the inside a kauri trunk which was amazing. It’s called Ancient Kauri Kingdom ( www.ancientkauri.co.nz )
-- I started out with nothing and I still have a lot left!