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Project by Glen Peterson posted 02-16-2010 03:44 AM 4421 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife, who likes to be clever about gifts, bought me a gift certificate to Ancient Woods for Christmas. They are the US distributor of “Ancient Kauri” wood. This is the wood that has been underground in bogs in New Zealand for 50,000 years. I decided to get a sample pack. It includes various sized pieces appropriate for turning projects, boxes, etc. It doesn’t look like much, but is supposed to be spectacular when finished. The 2nd photo is the cover of a brochure and the wood is a picture of finished wood. It sells for $30/board ft.

-- Glen





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#1 posted 02-16-2010 03:51 AM

i will gladly pay you thursday ,

for some kauri today !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 04:02 AM

Sorry for any confusion. It’s not for sale, I was just stating the price the importer is getting.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 02-16-2010 04:09 AM

that was a quote from , wimpy , of popeye fame .

your wife would kill us both !

it sure is a nice gift ,
and some beautiful wood .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 04:25 AM

WOW! I want some.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 04:25 AM

Measure very carefully….

-- Robert in middle TN

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 04:38 AM

I just finished working with a piece that was quarter sawn with light flame. I used it as the lid of a simple box for my son. It is soft and scratches easily (Don’t ask how I know). But if you sand to 2000, the grain is beautiful, I really did not see the beauty until I got past 1200. I looks like some you have a nice selection. Enjoy!!!!

Mike

-- Imagination is more important than knowledge! - Einstein

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 04:40 AM

Choose your projects wisely….no sacrifical fences for you router table…or you might be the one getting sacrificed LOL!! \o/

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 05:12 AM

Hi All,
I understood the Popeye reference, but didn’t want to confuse anyone since I had quoted a price. By the way, I was always a Sweepea fan. Perhaps I’ll start with something that doesn’t require much wood like pens or as Mike suggest, use it as a panel in something small like a box lid. Wish me luck.

-- Glen

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#9 posted 02-16-2010 05:49 AM

Wow, your 50k y/o wood sure make my 50 year old Red Gum Euclytpus look like an absolute nothing. FANTASTIC

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 02-16-2010 06:06 AM

50000 years old???
Would you like to buy a bridge to go with that LOL

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need katanadesign.com

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#11 posted 02-16-2010 06:11 AM

I will there in the morning to pick up your scrap:) You had better take your wife out to a dinner equal in value, check that twice the value you lucky wood person you.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#12 posted 02-16-2010 06:17 AM

That’s amazing. Ive been reading a little lately about the bog wood of New Zealand. That will be a fun/great wood to work with! Have fun!

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#13 posted 02-16-2010 06:20 AM

wow, hope it turns out just like the cover… that stuff looks amazing….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 02-16-2010 07:25 AM

Outstanding gloat! You are a very lucky man. Tak your time and use it wisely.

Keep us posted.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#15 posted 02-16-2010 09:21 AM

Congrats!
careful with that stuff, if your going to do any turning of it, make sure to stabilize it. I have heard some pretty bad horror stories about it just falling apart half way through a project.

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