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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 21 11:22 PM

Mar 22, 2010: Kauri Staircase

New Zealand is home to the Kauri trees, a giant evergreen that has almost disappeared, mainly because it's light, strong and rot resistant, so favored for ship building. Of the remaining trees, the largest is 16 meters in girth and several are 2000 years old. Cape Reigna, at New Zealand's north end, was a swamp at one time, and the locals dig preserved trunks and stumps out of the bog. They use the wood to fashion musical instruments and crafts, from wood thousands of years old.

The Kauri mill has a shop where people can buy pieces of wood, or things made from it, that's centerpiece is this staircase.



This staircase was hollowed out of a stump, reportedly 75,000 years old.
That may or may not be true, but it sure was a big one.

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Bullitt  Monday Mar 22 12:09 AM

Nice find bruce. Here's an article on some of the oldest living trees on Earth: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/20...-tree-gallery/



rditlkustoleit  Monday Mar 22 08:56 AM

Ah, I think back to the days when Frodo, Sam and Bilbo used to play hide and seek around this tree in the Shire.

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Trilby  Monday Mar 22 09:07 AM

Frodo - exactly.

I thought THE oldest tree was a Yew in England?


Anyway - I have a very personal love/hate/hate relationship with yews.

Taxotere is from the yew tree.



newtimer  Monday Mar 22 09:07 AM

You think that's big? You should see the trees in Old Zealand!



glatt  Monday Mar 22 10:06 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
I thought THE oldest tree was a Yew in England?
A roughly 4,841 year old tree in California has that honor. There was an older one, but scientists cut it down to study it.


Pete Zicato  Monday Mar 22 10:23 AM

wooden it be cool to have that in your home?



glatt  Monday Mar 22 10:37 AM

Yeah. It wood.

If I was carving it out, I'd be nervous about messing it up. Laying out a spiral staircase isn't easy.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 22 04:32 PM

I wondered if they used all that wood they cut out for other stuff?



spudcon  Monday Mar 22 09:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
I wondered if they used all that wood they cut out for other stuff?
Yup, sawdust.


Mayor of Shekou  Monday Mar 22 09:52 PM

I think they missed a great opportunity when they made it a staircase. Picture it as a nicely polished spiral slide instead! That would be amazing to have in your home (it would be great just to have a home big enough for it!).



Dagney  Monday Mar 22 10:00 PM

Wow, and no one's mentioned how Kauri smoked <insert random cute critter here> would taste. Yer slippin guys!



Pete Zicato  Tuesday Mar 23 02:17 PM

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Wow, and no one's mentioned how Kauri smoked <insert random cute critter here> would taste. Yer slippin guys!
No. But I thought it.


Sundae  Tuesday Mar 23 04:08 PM

To all Englanders - what a waste of a good tree, that could have been the Slippery Slip!



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