Ancient Kauri is a giant tree and the oldest workable wood on the planet. How old is it? well, we say 50 thousand years, but that isn’t entirely cut and dry. When you’re on the Autobahn, behind the wheel and pegging your speedometer out at 150 mph, how fast are you going? The speedometer says 150, but you know you’re going faster than that. Radio carbon dating stops at 50 thousand years. Only thing we know for sure is that these trees were ancient before they died, some 50 thousand years ago.
Kauri is beautiful in it’s own right, and it’s and history, and size(About that of a California Redwood.) Should be enough, But here at Artisan dice we don’t deal in “enough,” we do more. We’ve managed to find some special Kauri that comes alive with a brilliant iridescence called Whitebait, so named after the schools of fish that swim off the coast of New Zealand. Where these gargantuan trees are found.
Check out the vid below to get a feel for what the wood looks like
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.
This trees Descendants can still be found today growing around the Pacific Rim and are protected by law. The Ancient Kauri, however, can only be 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 with 200-0 grit or higher. By contrast, most other woods available are only sanded by 600 grit. Not only is this wood expensive to get, but it takes considerable effort to work with as well.
Please note: We no longer offer the Kauri wooden box. Your dice will ship with our standard steel tin or cedar box.