From swamp to slab

The first seeds of the impressive Kauri trees germinated in the days when mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers were still roaming the earth. These trees grew to huge sizes. Trees that sank in the swamp and are dug up again today. Trees of which we now make unique tables. Of timber as old as 3,000 years!


Logging

The logs are found in former swamp areas. Most of these lands are owned by farmers, who get financial compensation for all this digging around in their property.

Huge diggers and bulldozers are used for this heavy work. Sometimes the logs can be seen right on the surface, but other times they require serious digging down to 1.5 metres in the ground.


Digging

The loggers are often faced with difficulties when trying to reach the swamp ground. Fences have to be broken down and cattle has to be moved. The vegetation makes it hard to see where trunks are located.


Exposed

A kauri log is exposed to the air after 35,000 years. This log had a diameter of 2.7 metres and weighed about 80 tons.

In order to be able to transport this huge trunk to the mill it is cut in several pieces while still lying in the ground. This work can be very dangerous, because of wet and slippery trunks, and that is why they use big heavy chainsaws. The huge size of the trunk requires specially manufactured chainsaws with extra long blades. The size of these blades go up to 250 cm.


Transport

When the trunk is finally cut into 'easier to handle' pieces, these pieces are loaded on special trucks to transport them to the mill. At the mill the logs are rolled off the truck and stocked on the yard. These heavy transports on the road require special permits.


Handling

At the mill the logs and stumps are collected and with our expertise we select the best and biggest ones to cut our slabs from. We cut 2 to 3 years in advance before we can turn it into the most beautiful TreeTrunkTables.


Cut to size

This stump is an example of the massiveness of pure kauri wood. We had to cut the edges because it was too big for our milling plant. We cut the width to 270 cm, and the length was about 400 cm. However, it gets more and more difficult to find and reach these very big pieces.


Milling

In the milling construction we placed a special constructuted chainsaw with a bar length of 300 cm. Thickness is between 9 and 12 cm. Each slab can weight up to 1 ton. In 2005 we started milling the biggest slabs we did ever see.