The Swamp Kauri, sometimes marketed as “Ancient Kauri”, is considered to be one of the rarest timbers in the world, found only in a small area in the far north of New Zealand. Similar species are widely available in South East Asia but the Swamp Kauri is unique thanks to its age. It is the oldest timber of the world.
The trees were buried under peat swamps due to unexplained natural disasters 50 thousand years ago and have remained perfectly preserved until now. Swamp Kauris are extracted from the ground exactly like gold.
The incredible thing about these trees is that despite being buried under peat for millennia the timber is still in perfect condition without any decay or fossilisation, and is workable like fresh timber.
Another quality of the Kauri is the extraordinary size of the trees which are the biggest in the world, measured by cubic metres of trunk. Indeed, Kauri trees can reach 9 meters in diameter and almost 70 meters of height.
Swamp Kauri, the true giant of the vegetable kingdom is also the most ecologically sustainable timber in the world. It is the only timber that can be used without cutting any tree, not even re-forestation trees. This method of excavating the timber rather than felling the tree has inspired the name of the company “The WoodMine”.
Today, “The Wood Mine” exports this wonder of nature from New Zealand to Europe and Riva 1920 transforms the Kauri into real pieces of art with the design of the most famous architects of the world.
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