Sunday, 1 September 2019

Swamp kauri

It’s called Northland black gold. It's an ancient treasure buried deep. They are prehistoric kauri trees, preserved in peat up to 50,000 years in New Zealand's North Island. They are prized for their beauty in China.

A court judgement may put an end to whole logs being shipped overseas. It is illegal to export any unfinished native wood, other than stumps or roots. Swamp kauri flew under the radar until around 2010. Word spread that good money could be made and the rush was on. One of the side effects was that important wetlands were being dug up and destroyed.
The market has plummeted in the last few years.
Swamp kauri is difficult to work and it has to be dried properly and processed carefully.