Origin - New Zealand

Ancient Kauri from New Zealand is the oldest workable wood in the world. It is believed that tsunamis leveled the mighty Kauri thousands of years ago and they have been preserved underground in the top half of the North Island of New Zealand for more than 45,000 years. The further north they are found, research has shown the older the Kauri is.

Radio carbon dating places the age of Ancient Kauri trees at 50,000 years old.  That is the maximum limit of radio carbon dating, so it’s possible the wood is even older.    .

Buried just below the surface of the ground of farm fields and ranch lands in New Zealand and preserved in the water of peat swamps, the Ancient Kauri wood has neither petrified nor turned to coal. This underground resting place, sealed from the air, became a perfectly balanced cocoon that preserved the giant trees.

Ancient Kauri, one of the largest trees in the world, pre-dates the migration of Neanderthal man into North America, the hunt for mammoths, and cave paintings in Europe. The Kauri forest was already buried some 25,000 years before the on-set of the last Ice Age.

This product page is to illustrate the look of typical kauri only.  No product is for sale.