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richgreer

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03-01-2010 11:37 PM

I was curious so I placed an order for some Kauri wood. This is wood that has been recovered from the bottom of a bog in New Zealand and the wood is, allegedly, 30,000 to 50,000 years old. As I said – I was curious.

Maybe it will really look like something special after I have applied a finish to it but, as a few pieces of dry wood setting in a box, this wood is quite dull. It’s a light tan color and there is not much grain to be seen.

The shipment came with 5 copies of an attractive and colorful brochure that explains what Kauri is and 5 copies of an attractive certificate of authenticity. When I make something to sell or give away, I will include a brochure and a certificate of authenticity. That, in itself, will make it something special.

If curious, I spent about $100 for about 4 board feet. I’ve spent more per board feet for some woods (Ebony, Pink Ivory, and a few others) but those were really pretty woods.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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#1 posted 03-02-2010 03:22 AM

I’d be interested in seeing some before and after pictures of the wood and the final project.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 03:27 AM

I’ll do that.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 03:53 AM

i have read that some of that wood recovered is only 2000-3000 years old and not 50,000. do they certify the age of the exact pieces of wood you bought?

http://www.ancientkauri.co.nz/index.php/zealand_ancient_swamp_kauri_wood
here is one article on how some kauri is not as old as claimed. watch out

russv

-- yknotwood.com: where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 04:33 AM

can we get a listing of where u got the wood from?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 04:41 AM

Interesting and expensive

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 06:27 AM

I bought this from – - http://www.ancientwood.com/

If you go to this website, click on “Ancient Kauri for sale”, then click on “Blanks and Bundles”, then click on “Medium Grab Bag”. That is what I bought. Of course, you can buy whatever you want.

I’m going to have to figure out what to do with this wood. One piece would make a nice bowl, but I have no idea how this wood will turn. I’ll have to experiment with some of the smaller pieces.

The certificates that I have say, “We pledge that these pieces, listed below, are Ancient Kauri timber that is aged from 30,000 to more than 50,000 years old”. Take that for what it is worth. It’s stated on a nice certificate with an authentic looking seal.

I might have a hard time selling this to someone who believes the world is only 6,000 years old. We have quite a few people like that in this area.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 03-02-2010 06:38 AM

The world is brand new and infinite at the same time. Depends on what your dimension your in or what your smoking. :-) Look forward to your project.

-- William, Brighton, MI

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#8 posted 03-02-2010 06:53 AM

I’ve looked at their website before, but I haven’t talked to anyone that has any. Did any of the pieces have shimmer in the grain or what they call “whitebait”?

I look forward to your projects.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 07:04 AM

rich,
my kids are convinced the world is only 6000 years old and that i was there when it started. lol

i have been thinking about buying some of that wood also. good luck with whatever you make, i mean create.

russv

-- yknotwood.com: where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

#10 posted 03-02-2010 03:29 PM

I’ve seen some pictures of this wood after it’s finished…Pretty stuff (especially the “whitebait” grain)! Go ahead and tease yourself by wiping some lacquer thinner or denatured alcohol on a sanded face of one of your boards. That will temporarily simulate a clear finish. The wetter you apply the thinner, the more it will simulate a clear gloss topcoat. Try observing it under fluorescent and incandescent lighting (both at once if possible) to see how the grain shimmers as you view the wood at various angles.

Congrats on having a truly special wood to work with!!

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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