Ancient Kauri (Agathis australis)
Ancient Kauri radiates its incredible history. Reclaimed from ancient bogs, its radiocarbon dating places the age of the currently harvested Ancient Kauri trees from the northland of New Zealand at 50,000 years old. Few tonewoods have such a great story to tell.
When we first read about Ancient Kauri trees being reclaimed from blogs in New Zealand we knew we had to learn more. It is a fascinating story that we’d like to share.
First we will point out that there are Kauri trees and Ancient Kauri trees. Kauri grows in New Zealand and other locations in the Pacific Rim. In New Zealand these trees are protected due to centuries of over harvesting. These trees can take 200-300 years to mature and can live to be over 2000 years old. Ancient Kauri is found only in New Zealand and grew tens of thousands of years ago. A fabulous cache of these trees has been discovered buried and preserved in blogs. To reclaim these giant timbers ecologically friendly practices are used. No living trees are harvested and excavated land is returned to its natural state.
If the age and story of the wood was not enough, as a tonewood Kauri sings its story through wonderful tones and its luminous radiant grain. It is very difficult to capture its rich golden color and how it shimmers before it is finished. To give you a sense, we’d like to share a photo gallery, which includes video, from our friends at Ancient Woods LTD, the largest supplier for Ancient Kauri tonewoods in the world, http://www.ancientwood.com/galleries/photo-gallery/grain-details
Ancient Kauri Guitar and Ukulele Tonewood Sets
Lichty Ancient Kauri Guitars
Audio Samples of a few different models of guitars crafted from Ancient Kauri
Please note: The soundboard, bracing, etc all have a big impact on the sound of the instrument.We are sharing these audio samples as examples of what an instrument with this type of tonewood might sound like and for your listening pleasure.
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