Ancient Kauri or Swamp Kauri refers to prehistoric Kauri forests, buried and preserved in peat up to 50,000 years ago in New Zealand’s North Island.
Buried in peat swamps by an unexplained act of nature at the end of the last Ice Age, the trees have survived the centuries underground, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in perfect condition.
The trees grew for nearly 2000 years before they were buried. Some have a girth of around 40 feet, and a total height of nearly 200 feet.
Extraction of the logs is time consuming, expensive and technically difficult requiring skilled operators of heavy machinery and most importantly it is environmently friendly. While working in wet conditions, each log must be carefully brought to the surface. After the log has been removed, the area is then restored to its original contours.
The Ancient Kauri is extremely attractive and beautiful. The grain and tones of the wood has an extraordinary shimmering iridescence. The glow of Ancient Kauri adds to its beauty and illustrates that Ancient Kauri is a special gorgeous timber.