Turning a Kauri Bowl

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In this video, George Vondriska is in the shop working on an extra special piece of wood known as Kauri. Kauri wood, which comes from New Zealand, can be up to 50,000 years old and was formed when fallen trees were preserved in peat bogs.

Join George as he discusses and discovers the working characteristics of this priceless wood while turning a bowl.

Make sure to check out the related article on this topic to learn more about George’s discovery of Kauri wood.

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3 Responses to “Turning a Kauri Bowl”
  1. ddcoleman

    Hi George,
    I enjoyed your video on turning Kauri wood. In a previous career I was in charge of a radiocarbon dating laboratory and we dated a piece of Kauri to verify it’s antiquity. The piece that we had dated to 33,650BC. It was not 50,000 years old, but it was definitely prehistoric. They generally say that the wood is “up to” 50,000 years old, which is true. It is hard to believe that this stuff has been buried that long as it seems perfectly fresh.
    Keep the great videos coming.
    Denny

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