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KAURI - THE HISTORY
The Kauri millenarian swamp - Timber with an Ancient Soul. There is a breath of infinite time in Kauri timber, the largest and most famous New Zealand tree, a conifer that thrives only in sub-tropical climates. "Agathis Australis" is the scientific name for a tree that appeared during the Jurassic period before man had set foot on the earth and which grew in virgin forests. Cataclysms and natural disasters, which took place at the end of the glacial period, razed entire forests, covering them with water and mud. And, it is from these swamps, a nest of mud, that Kauri has come to life again, splendid and in tact as though it had just been felled. The conservation of the Kauri and the slowing of the natural decomposition process takes into account various factors and those factors which seem to have a fundamental role are the large quantities of resins present in the timber. According to recent studies, the resin contains certain remedial and impermeable ingredients which protect the bark from mould and water. The millennium Kauri is found only in the genuine swamp regions in the north of New Zealand. Once a site has been identified, samples are taken for carbon dating 14. The dating of the various timbers, which ranges from 7 thousand to 50 thousand years, is determined by the diverse colour tones of the timber.
USEFULL INFORMATION FOR KAURI WOOD TABLES
This product is made of “ancient swamp KAURI” from New Zealand, wood that has lain buried in the earth for thousands of years. This wood may vary in age from 7,000 to 50,000 years old. The special character of the mud in which this wood has been buried and the lack of oxygen in the soil have meant that no fossilization has taken place and the wood remains splendid and in tact still today, as if it had just been cut. It is a perfectly normal feature of this wood, indeed it is one of the unique aspects of this product, that lengths of ANCIENT KAURI wood that are about 30,000 years old may have cracks in them, as well as natural splits and dents. We would like to point out that this cannot be grounds for any complaint regarding the movement, surface cracks or unevenness of the KAURI wood, since this is neither the result of our actions nor predictable. We would therefore like to be perfectly clear in informing our Customers that the product they are about to acquire cannot be compared to a “normal” wooden table. Rather it should be considered as something extraordinary, unique and inimitable: a genuine work of art created by the hand of Nature and be valued as such. It is important to realise that if a table is chosen from a photograph there can be no guarantee that the table will remain unchanged in every way right down to the moment of delivery. Indeed, it might undergo movement, manifest new cracks as a result of the natural settling of the KAURI wood, its drying out or various other environmental factors.
Small table with top made of Kauri wood, composed by assembling together a few squared blocks, fixed to the base through metal screws. Any desired measure is possible.It is necessary - before accepting the order - to check the availability of different sized boards in our stores. Table top with smooth machine- sanded surface. Oil finish.
Designer: Davide Riva Maurizio Riva
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