Rewarewa wood

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Blog entry by kaurikid posted 02-23-2014 09:06 AM 4179 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just got back from New Zealand and as usual when I travel I check out the local wood situation this time Rewarewa wood took my eye. So I brought some back and have since done a little more research but surprisingly on Lumberjocks there doesn’t seem to be much about it or its uses. The photo’s show by cutting it at different angles the figure changes dramatically which is rather nice. Photo 3 shows the surface after a wipe of linseed. If anyone has worked this wood I’d be pleased to see and hear about the result.

In general the feedback from woodworkers it seems is that it’s hard to come by. I managed to find a small lumber yard north of Auckland with about 8-10 cubic meters of it cut and finished in different sizes they informed me they can get more if needed. The piece I purchased for 20 NZ dollars was 3000×5 x 5cm which I then cut down to bring home.

If you’re having difficulty trying to source wood from NZ or China let me know as I might be able to help with one of my contacts. I also visited another Kauri museum further north than the Kauri Museum ( ) that has a spiral staircase cut with a chainsaw from the inside a kauri trunk which was amazing. It’s called Ancient Kauri Kingdom ( )

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 09:43 AM

A very distinctive wood; is it a very dense wood?

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 03:14 PM

Hi Mark, distinctive it is but not dense like Teak more closer to rosewood and mahogany I’d say, in the book I have it says it’s good for fine furniture, cabinetmaking, turning bowls, handles, inlay and even flooring. I can only judge it by what I have used myself during the short time I’ve been doing this new hobby of mine.

Thanks for the interest, regards, Steve

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#3 posted 02-25-2014 05:01 AM

The second picture it kind of looks like lacewood… is it the same thing?

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#4 posted 02-25-2014 05:38 AM

Hi Lsmart,
Yes it is the same thing and I can see where ur coming from thinking it to be a diiferent piece. If you look on top of pic 2 you can see it was cut on the sapwood side of the block opposite to pic 1. By varying, even just a little bit, the angle you cut this wood you can bring out some amazing figure.

Thanks for the interest, regards, Steve

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#5 posted 07-09-2014 01:21 AM

Is lacewood the same as leopardwood? It looks like some leopard wood that I have.

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 01:35 AM

Hi, I am from New Zealand and I use Rewrewa in my furniture.

Number 1 rule is have fun with it & number 2 is DO NOT USE oils as it turns black & grubby looking & gets dirtier and can flake. I use it for highlights and eye candy. It goes very well with Rimu – a NZ hardwood and swamp kauri(also known as ancient kauri). Coating is best with satin or mirror gloss poly varnish – clear as possible or mirror lacquer or resin.

It is a medium hard timber & stable once dry. Cuts & machines well. As above pictures, if you cut along the flat grain face you get tiger or leopard spots, and edge grain gives you speckly grass seeds lined up. The flat grain can flake a bit so sealing with a poly or resin locks these flakes up nicely. Colour is a bit red to pinkish.

You can see what I do with it on

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