The massive Kauri Pines of New Zealand and North Queensland were logged from the 1840’s to the 1950’s with much waste and destruction. The timber was produced very cheaply with no value given to the trees - only the best logs were used and much of the timber was just burnt.
Because the trees were so large, really wide boards could be cut. In the past they were often used for making kitchen cupboards, pantries and shelving, as well as floor boards. The original kitchens in old Canberra houses in the inner North and South were often built from Kauri Pine, usually covered with wallpaper or painted.
This desk and sideboard we built for a client show how beautiful the Kauri Pine is when stripped back and finely sanded. Nice clean designs with a fine shadow line detail, and well made with timber drawer runners and mortise and tenon construction. Our cabinetmakers Ben and Sam did an excellent job.