kauri01.jpg

Ancientwood, Ltd., is a US company that imports 50,000-year-old Kauri logs that have been preserved for millennia in peat bogs under New Zealand’s northern island. Besides its value as a conversation piece, ancient Kauri is mined, rather than logged, and no live trees are killed in the process. Kauri trees (Agathis spp.) thrive in New Zealand to this day, but supposedly the preserved ancient specimens have unique properties all their own, including a very rare form of iridescence called “whitebait.”