It came from the Swamp


My folks came across from NZ for my daughter’s birthday, and amongst their baggage (duly declared to Customs/AQIS (Aust quarantine)) was this lump of New Zealand swamp kauri. It is a great piece, with a few bowls (or lots of pens!), or some boxes within (or both, depending on how I process it).

Even without any real processing, the piece reveals the nature of swamp kauri- as you move it around in the light, the effect is almost holographic / three dimensional- the chatoyancy of the piece.

Swamp kauri is thousands of years old, having been stuck in the anaerobic conditions below the mud so there is little cell deterioration, or rot. It is going to be interesting finding out what items are contained therein.

2 Responses

  1. My brother just came back from a trip to NZ, and brought me back a Kauri wine bottle holder (very thoughtful of him) (including inset cork screw and stopper with turned handles). It’s really beautiful wood, and I love just thinking about the age of it.

    • Even the ‘fresh’ stuff is beautiful to work with. The very first carving I ever did, back in high school (at age of 13 I think) was of a stylised waterbird out of kauri.

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