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
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.