What could be cooler than a set of dice made from the world’s oldest workable wood? I mean, besides winning the lottery and marrying a supermodel on the same day while taking delivery of your shiny new Ferrari 599 GTB.
Kauri is One Big Damn Tree! … Okay, that may not be the scientific name, but these things are the size of Redwoods! And they’re old — really old. I’m talking pre-human old. What are they? Ancient Kauri Trees. Holy damn, the wood is beautiful. Pictures do not do this wood justice. The grain pattern is alive with an iridescence called Whitebait, so named after the schools of fish that swim off the New Zealand coast where these trees are found. Watch this video below to see the iridescence in action.
I’ve had the privilege to hold a guitar made out of this wood. I can tell you there is no other wood like it. Nothing compares.
So it’s big and it’s pretty — but so’s a ’57 Chevy. There’s got to be more to it that just that right? Remember when I said this stuff was old? I don’t mean Methuselah old. What I mean is this wood is OLD, as in older than the La Brea Tar Pits old. Older than the woolly mammoth old. Older than the last Ice Age old. Hell, man hadn’t discovered fire, built a wheel or even learned scratch his own arse yet when these trees were alive.
Ancient Kauri Trees have been carbon-dated to 50,000 years old. In case you’re wondering, that’s like pegging the speedo at 150 mph and still accelerating down the autobahn. 50,000 years old is as far back as the carbon dating gauge goes, so these trees are more than likely even older than that. Before they died over 50,000 years ago, they lived for more than 2000 years, making them ancient even before they were buried in a bog in northern New Zealand eons ago.
The trees’ descendants can still be found growing around the Pacific Rim, and are protected by law. These ancient trees, however, are only found in the bogs of northern New Zealand, and the land is returned to its natural habitat once the trees have been reclaimed. This is the world’s oldest workable wood, and it’s environmentally friendly as well.
In order for Kauri wood to achieve its full beauty, it must be hand-sanded to 2000 grit or higher. By contrast, most other woods available from Artisan Dice are only sanded to 600 grit. Not only is this wood expensive to get, but it takes considerable effort to work with the wood as well.
Please note: We no longer offer the Kauri wooden box. Your dice will ship with our standard steel tin or cedar box.