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    Posted: 04 Oct 2014 at 5:47pm
Kauri, Ancient Kauri, Kauri Pine

Scientific Name: Agathis spp. (A. australis, A. alba, and A. vitiensis)


Distribution: Primarily New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania

Average Dried Weight: 34 lbs/ft3 (540 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .44, .54

Colour/Appearance: Pale yellowish white to golden brown heartwood. Sapwood typically same colour as heartwood. Due to the tree’s large size, Kauri is nearly always clear and knot-less, with minimal wastage. Some pieces of Kauri may exhibit a certain subtle shimmering effect that is commonly referred to as “whitebait,” so named for the iridescent appearance of schools of whitebait fish seen in the waters of New Zealand.

Grain/Texture: Grain is usually straight, with a fine, even texture and a moderate natural lustre.

Workability: Kauri’s moderate density, along with its straight and consistent grain give it good workability. Most machining and shaping operations can be performed with a minimum of trouble. Glues and finishes well.

Odour: Most species have no characteristic odour.

Allergies/Toxicity: There have been no adverse health effects associated with Kauri.

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