For thousands of years, the Māori people have held kauri trees in high regard as a precious and special species. The kauri timber is from prehistoric kauri trees which were buried and preserved between 3000 and 50,000 years ago. In this blog post, we will explore the unique history behind this ancient tree species and how it can be used to bring life to your home.
Uncovering the Mysteries of Kauri Timber
Buried under peat swamps by an unexplained force of nature at the end of the last ice age, these trees have survived the millennia underground, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in near-perfect condition. What’s more remarkable is that these trees each grew for nearly 2000 years before they were buried. The trunk of a kauri tree can grow to a diameter of around 5 metres and an overall height of 40 - 50 metres, so you can only imagine what kind of impact its presence must have had on New Zealand’s landscape.
Unearthing ancient kauri is a sight like no other and requires skilled personnel working in sometimes difficult and wet conditions.
The Benefits Of Using Kauri Timber In Your Home
Kauri timber is renowned for its strength, durability, and beauty - making it an ideal material for furniture or other home decor items. Its classic honey hue stands out among traditional woods like maple or oak, adding warmth to any room in your home.
Additionally, its lightness makes it easier to move around compared with some other timbers; making it perfect for projects like flooring or cabinetry where weight matters. Plus, due to its age and preservation process, it is both highly resistant to rot and insect damage meaning your investment will last longer than other types of wood!
Introducing Signature Kauri
Signature Kauri was founded by Daniel Sagar in 2020. Daniel was inspired by his visit to New Zealand where he took his first drive through Waipoua Forest on Northlands West Coast. The forest is the most famous of them all for the kauri trees and home to Tāne Mahuta.
On his return to the UK he knew he had to bring some Kauri back with him. After forging some close relationships with some incredibly talented craftsmen he chose approximately 20 table tops made from the ancient wood.
Their products are sourced, manufactured and shipped with sustainability at the core. Their sustainability efforts won them the Sustainability Award at the January Furniture Show in 2022. Lime Lace is delighted to sell this range and work with Daniel to promote his new brand.
Kauri timber provides an environmentally friendly way to bring a touch of history into your home while also adding value through its quality craftsmanship. Its timeless appeal combined with modern practicality makes it one of the best materials available today - no matter what project you're undertaking! So if you're looking for something truly unique that won't compromise on quality or aesthetics then kauri timber might just be what you've been searching for! With our help you'll be able to unlock this ancient secret and add something truly special into your living space today!
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