Kauri dish

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Project by peteg posted 10-27-2010 12:23 AM 1371 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was turned from a pair of salvaged wooden wash tubs from an early settlers cottage built in the 1880’s.
there is a noticable yellow stain topart of the piece probably due to washing soaps used at the time.

The timber is NZ Kauri (Agathis australis), this was a prized timber in NZ with some of the trees dated at over 2000 years old. There are also many “swamp Kauri” fields where the stumps have been buired up to 40,000 years (carbon dated) There is much on the web about these magnificent gaints of the forest, just type “ancient nz kauri”

It is a lovely timber to work (if you can get it) it is now a protected tree and you have to scavange recycled wood to play with.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 12:39 AM

That really is a gorgeous wood! I can see why it is so highly prized and why it is now protected.

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 01:31 AM

Beautiful work! The soap was probably lye.. ??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 01:44 AM

wonderful turnings and great wood

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 02:05 AM

Beautiful wood and great job on the turning.

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 04:25 AM

Nice bowl!! I’ve always wondered what kind of extinct trees lived long ago. What their grain color, and texture were like. Ahh, we’ll never know!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 11:23 AM

Stunning bowl Pete. The size is striking and the finish makes me want to run my hands over it. That edge treatment is a great detail… not too much, not too little… just right.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 11:41 AM

That is super.
Like the reuse of wood.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 09:04 PM

Very nice. I’ve seen Agathis used for Go boards, but didn’t know a species grew in NZ. Learn something new every day.

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 09:56 PM

Thanks for your kind feedback, Hey Robert Kauri is grown in several of the pacific Islands, I know we can get Fijian Kauri in NZ still, it feels (and works) as a softer timber

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 10-30-2010 03:55 PM

That is one beautiful bowl!!! Kauri is a wood that I have never heard of before, I so appreciate your showing us this turning!

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-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 03-19-2011 05:29 AM

I love how you stippled the edge! That makes it one of a kind for sure.


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