About Kauri & Rimu Trees
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The majority of 'bare' wood products from New Zealand: wooden jewellery boxes, cigar boxes, barometers & other weather instruments, wall and mantel clocks, colonial wood photo albums, contemporary wedding photo albums, picture frames etc, are either made from the native 'Kauri', or the 'Rimu' tree.
*** Please note there is a nationwide shortage of Kauri and after all our stock has gone there will never be anymore available. We will advise you if our stock has finished without warning. Thank You. ***
If you would like to know more about these two New Zealand natives please read on ....
Kauri Wood Is Protected And Limited In Supply...
The Kauri wood has been recovered from 'swamps' as it is illegal to chop one of these protected trees down.
Rimu trees are also protected, and supply of the wood from both these trees is limited and precious.
The Kauri tree, Agathis australis, is New Zealand's largest and most famous native tree, and also one of the largest in the world.
Kauri timber has a beautiful and distinctive grain which when polished is a deep golden color with hues, textures, and sheens that constantly change under differing shades of light.
Kauri once covered much of the area of North Auckland and the Coromandel but to date there are only relatively small areas where they grow.
The ancient Maoris have been known to construct a 25 metre (82 ft) war-canoe out of a single Kauri trunk. The timber is light and very durable and of a straw or amber color, virtually free from knots and other defects. Widely used in the early days for boat building.
The largest living Kauri in existence is Tane Mahuta (Maori for "Lord of the Forest"). It is 4.4 metres (14.4 feet) in diameter and 17.7 metres (58.1 feet) to the first branch.
The oldest tree is estimated to be 2000 years old. This is Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest) in Waipoua Forest.
Timber from rimu has been the main native timber in use since about 1910 when it began to displace kauri, and, as far as one can see, it is likely to remain indefinitely in this position. The quantities available, however, will fall rapidly in the next one or two decades as resources become exhausted.
The timber of the rimu is comparatively hard and dense. The tree is a conifer belonging to a group of forest trees, which includes the genus Podocarpus, that is widely represented in highland forests in countries on the west side of the Pacific.
In the genus Dacrydium there are about 16 species, of which seven are found in New Zealand, with representatives in Malaysia, New Caledonia, Tasmania, and Chile.
Rimu is the most widespread of all New Zealand forest trees, occurring throughout the North, South, and Stewart Islands from lowland to montane forest. In most places the large, rounded heads of a few to a dozen or so trees per acre emerge well above the general level of the canopy of broadleaf trees below. Such forests have little or no regeneration and seldom contain any trees in the intermediate stages.
The large trees can be anything up from 700 to 800 or even 1,000 years old. The facts of age and structure of such forest have given rise to the theory that the rimu is a relic of past climates which have been more favourable to it. It is certainly not replacing itself.
However, along the edges of some forests on the pumice plateau of central North Island the rimu is younger, and intermediate age-classes and regeneration do occur. It is also present in secondary “scrub” on clay soils of the north.
A large number of the items we sell are made from Rimu trees, Dacrydium Cupressinum, or also known as Red Pine.
Rimu usually grows to a height of between 20 and 35 metres (65 - 115 ft) but sometimes even 50 metres (164 ft). The straight trunk is up to 1.5 metres (5 ft) in diameter and the bark is dark brown with a flaking texture. Rimu is one of the best known species in New Zealand and is an excellent timber tree.
Heart Rimu is one of the most beautifully figured woods and is very often used in quality furniture.
Some text courtesy of Te Ara - The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
Photo courtesy of Wikipaedia
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