Review: "Ancient Kauri Wood"

I saw the story about this wood and supplier in FWW in the last 2-3 issues. I wanted some unusual wood for some presents for my daughters, and this seemed to fit the bill, so I bought. In case you haven't seen the article: the wood is from ancient softwood trees, 2000 yrs old or so at the time of death, that were buried in bogs 30,000-50,000 yrs ago in New Zealand, and are now mined and sold. Its pricey but its unusual, to say the least.
I went to the website (www.ancientwood.com), then called the contact number, and spoke to Robert, the president. I inquired if I could get a board with some spectacular grain; I didn't want a simple flat-sawn grain pattern. He indicated that the boards he had didn't really offer any of the usual "spectacular grain patterns" (e.g. quilted, fiddleback, flamed, &tc.), but he could find something a bit better than flat-sawn or plain quarter-sawn. I ordered a board 8/4 by min. 6" by 48".
I got a good board. I ordered 8/4 but the board was over 9/4, intermediate between flat-sawn and quarter-sawn. The grain isn't "spectacular" but it is distinctly wavy and interesting; definitely better than plain. The board had a check along 1/3 of one edge but I still got the full 6" width. And it seemed well-dried and stable; the flat sides were surfaced, the edges were rough. I also got these cool little certificates of authenticity, with an embossed seal.
The wood works well, although it seems a bit harder than usual softwoods. It had a fair amount of silica deposits. But it cut cleanly, and it planes, sands and routs well. I haven't finished it yet.
Anyway, I got what I agreed to pay for, the sellers were honest and helpful, the wood is pretty darn cool, and I'm satisfied with the deal.
Usual disclaimer: no affiliation, satisfied customer.
-jbb
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On Mon, 03 Jan 2005 02:25:33 GMT, "J.B. Bobbitt"

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Sand it up to 600 grit and see what happens when you oil it.
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Could you enlighten those of us who have not purchased any? TIA.

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On Mon, 03 Jan 2005 09:18:32 GMT, Lobby Dosser

It is reputed to take on an 'inner glow' or luminescence, something due to the age and conditions the wood has been under.
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I can believe that. Got some recent Kauri (Not ancient) last year (paid about $350 a cubic meter) and made a bathroom cupboard. From different angles it takes on different hues, looks marvellous. Nice to work with as well.
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They allude to that in the decriptions on the website and in the printed information they provide, and the person I talked to on the phone also told me that. They even said to go all the way to 1500 or 2000.
I plan to go as high as I can; I'll let you guys know.
-jbb
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or just plane it by hand and save a lot of effort (G) the grits seem not as important as what paper you use. some tend to polish better then others do.
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Steve, any upcoming offerings of ancient kauri wood coffin smoothers? (G)
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I would maybe try it if it was not softwood (G)
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I have seen pictures of the wood and read the articles. Sorry but I am not impressed. There are many types of newer wood that are much prettier and cost far less. The only reason to buy is this stuff is to be able to impress your friends with a project that contains wood that is thousands of years old. Same reason people buy impractical, expensive cars when a Chevy will get you where you want to go. It's the "Brag" factor.
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The brag factor is worth something; just not $25/bf. Also, since you cannot see what you are buying, it might work out to be more like $100/bf.

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Interesting stuff, but $25 a bf? OUCH!
-Keith
On Mon, 03 Jan 2005 02:25:33 GMT, "J.B. Bobbitt"

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