In this post you’ll have to indulge me…the Detail Fanatic in me is just itching to drool over the detail in the furniture I featured in yesterday’s post. My Zoom lens was working overtime, resistance is futile, let’s lean in close and take a look…
June 9, 2012
June 8, 2012
Following yesterday’s post we have arrived at the Kauri Museum in Northland…
Kauri was a highly prized timber in shipbuilding, house construction and flooring but to a far lesser extent for use in furniture.
This is because the more “interesting” wood contained sap…in fact I spy an amazingly beautiful piece of polished timber (first photo) with a label on it that reads:
” The Industry wanted and found, clean , straight grained and uninteresting first grade timber. The fancy grained and gum impregnated timber seen in the museaum was waste more often left in the bush or used as boiler firing“
Fortunately now we are enlightened and Kauri is quite rightly a highly protected tree and the museum has amassed a small collection of Kauri furniture. Personally, I’d have any of these pieces in my home in a heartbeat.
I even find it beyond belief that this beautiful wood was only considered as off-cuts and scrap material for almost the first 100 years of New Zealand’s Pakeha (white) settlement. Maori of course understood the value of Kauri too, but by all accounts used it sparingly for very special things like building ceremonial and ocean going Waka (canoes).
There are many old grand villa style homes and public buildings in New Zealand that were build around 1900 that still boast stunning Kauri floors or staircases and in one way I’m pleased to see the wood put to good use (if the tree was going to be cut down anyway) but in many cases the “wastage” of wood was massive and on a scale that these days would be thought a reprehensible and moral tragedy.
In this post I’m taking a look at some of the beautiful furniture in the collection…
Ok, so there’s no way I’m getting these boats into my apartment but they are Kauri too.