Quantcast
Opinions Wanted - Ancient Kauri ?
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: Opinions Wanted - Ancient Kauri ?

  1. #1
    Weird Wood Pusher Burl Source's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Kerby, OR
    Posts
    3,521

    Opinions Wanted - Ancient Kauri ?

    El Pescador keeps telling me to get some ancient Kauri wood for handle material.
    Well, a couple weeks ago there was a couple here from New Zealand and they said the same thing.

    What do you all think of this type of wood?
    I have never seen it in person, just photos and they weren't very exciting.
    Sure it's like 40 or 50,000 years old.
    But...is that enough to make people want it for handle material?
    and did I mention it is almost as expensive as Koa.

    I look forward to your input.

    BTW I have a couple pieces on the way so I can see it in person.
    If it looks OK I will send it in to get stabilized.
    Mark Farley / It's a Burl
    Phone 541-592-5071, Email burlsource@gmail.com
    Visit our web store

  2. #2
    I think if you can get highly figured pieces. Somthing like in this video it would be awesome and folks would buy it!


    Inspired by God, Forged by Fire, Tempered by Water, Grounded by Earth, Guided by the spirit.. Randy Haas

    Availible Knives

  3. #3
    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Honolulu, HI
    Posts
    3,318
    I have worked with it a bit and have mixed feelings. The 'regular' quality actually looks a little bit more interesting after stabilizing because some subtle color variations come out more. On the other hand, I had a lot of pieces with internal cracks and what looked like deep scratches after final sanding. It also burns easily. But that all may have been lack of experience on my side, probably need to work slower and keep the tools sharp. What worked much better was the quality they sold me as 'whitebait'. That develops a nice finish and has a sheen to it that I have seen in very good mahogany. I agree, it is not the most exciting wood in the world, but it does contrast nicely with others. I would love to see some that is highly figured.

    my 2cts.

    Stefan

  4. #4
    Senior Member jimbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    471
    It's beautiful understated wood. Being a kiwi I'm interested in handles in this. A traditional combo that Maori carving has is with paua (abalone). I reckon a kauri handle with paua accents would look awesome!

  5. #5
    It certainly has great chatoyance. Aesthetically though, it doesn't do it for me, but hey I always say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
    Please visit my store at www.dreamburls.com Imagine the possibilities!
    Email me at service@dreamburls.com
    Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dream.burls
    All sales are backed with a no questions asked money back guarantee.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Central, NJ
    Posts
    513
    I can see some possible interest. I would love to see it in a finished handle, just to be sure. But I think I already have an idea that might work nicely with it.

  7. #7
    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Honolulu, HI
    Posts
    3,318
    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...l=1#post205564

    Post 326 is a whitebait piece - definitely a lot of chatoyance in that one.

    Stefan

  8. #8
    Senior Member Johnny.B.Good's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Bay Area, CA
    Posts
    2,956
    Quote Originally Posted by Mingooch View Post
    I would love to see it in a finished handle, just to be sure. But I think I already have an idea that might work nicely with it.
    Here you go: http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...l=1#post205564

  9. #9
    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Honolulu, HI
    Posts
    3,318
    Ack, too late for an edit, #128 is the 'regular quality figured' kauri - at least that's what I bought it as. Not dramatic in figure but still nice.

    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...ll=1#post52458

    Stefan

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Cairns. Australia.
    Posts
    394
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbob View Post
    It's beautiful understated wood. Being a kiwi I'm interested in handles in this. A traditional combo that Maori carving has is with paua (abalone). I reckon a kauri handle with paua accents would look awesome!
    That has my interest.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •