Local Heart, Global Soul

June 10, 2012

“Just” a Plank of Wood, Right? …Wrong!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Now this is probably the moment that you start thinking… “Wood is wood right? , Why is Kiwidutch getting all starry eyed and obsessive about blocks of tree?

There are billions of trees on the planet, so … um, … sorry Kiwi … but … …so what?”

Good questions all of them… in fact any artisans of wood amongst you might even be forgiven for the thought crossing your mind… “hey there are even more  interesting woods out there too you know!

Maybe this is a good time therefore to show you a plank… yes, (sigh, you can stop laughing now) I am serious …. a plank.

But as usual, since you are well aware that I like quirky things in life, this naturally, isn’t your usual run-of-the-(saw) mill plank…. in fact they had to first cut it up just to get it into the saw mill machinery.  Here, in a simple, single plank I can only hope that your heart skips a beat and that you go “wow, that’s an amazing huge piece of wood, and how even more amazing is the tree it came from?

In the age when tall masted sailing ships built from wood were the latest thing in modern technology, it’s little wonder that early settlers and entrepreneurs in the lumber industry looked at these oversized trees with eyes that saw perfect shipbuilding material rather than as ecological wonders of the plant kingdom that were hundreds and thousands of years old.

They also lived in an age where pioneers  “took dominion” over territories as they extended empire and that often came with a mentality of entitlement of ownership of the people and resources contained therein. In New Zealand “dominion” over the Maori thankfully didn’t really take place at all, but when it came to land, it seems that the only law  that mattered after the sale was signed, was that of “supply and demand”.

I see this “plank” as a majestic testimony to a beautiful tree that was destined to outgrow and outlive many of it’s diminutive forest neighbours,  the result of a seed and sapling that over 300 years later stood as a giant in the Northland bush.

Yes, I am in awe…  is it really possible not to be?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. That is a huge piece of plank, BTW Ive been following your posts it seems like you’ve been to more places in your vacation than I do for my 6 years of stay here

    Comment by rsmacaalay — June 10, 2012 @ 10:29 am | Reply

    • That’s not an unusual thing… “tourists” (ex-pat ones or otherwise) are on holiday and have to time to sight-see, make stops and linger and browse. You aren’t busy doing necessity of housework, general chores, school work, study and work (all of which keep us tied up as time eaters at home).

      Like you, we saw that some of OUR visitors to The Netherlands saw more of the country than we did, that’s why we started a monthly savings plan for a “family fund” especially for long weekends and day trips to places local to us! (there used to be a VERY famous advert in New Zealand and the slogan was “don’t leave home until you’ve seen the country”) We try to apply that to BOTH New Zealand and the Netherlands!

      I hope you can pick up some tips of places YOU might to visit too!!!

      Comment by kiwidutch — June 11, 2012 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  2. Love that place

    Comment by hooksmith — June 10, 2012 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  3. Dang. As my kiddo would say, “That’s a honking big piece of wood!”

    Comment by gh — June 10, 2012 @ 10:55 pm | Reply

    • “honking”… = most excellent word and perfect for this too!!! “big” hardly begins to cover it does it? I did have a sneaky evil thought that I’d LOVE to “borrow this on permanent loan” so that this could be my dining room table … finally Noooo problem getting everyone around it for Christmas dinner LOL

      (btw I edited the typo and deleted the extra comment :))

      Comment by kiwidutch — June 11, 2012 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  4. WOW. That is one gorgeous piece of wood! LOVE that it is showcased for everyone to see!

    Comment by milkayphoto — June 15, 2012 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

    • It elevates the humble “plank” rather a lot doesn’t it? (I’m still coveting it as a dining room table LOL!)

      Comment by kiwidutch — June 15, 2012 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  5. Aye, those beautiful huge rainforest trees. We have (had) these trees in coastal areas of British Columbia. There have been some major environmental protests in this area of Canada with Clayoucot Sound as one of the major ones. Another by Cathedral Grove (isn’t that a wonderful name?).

    Comment by Jean — June 17, 2012 @ 11:45 pm | Reply

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