Story: Logging native forests

Using New Zealand woods (1st of 3)

Using New Zealand woods

This low nursing chair was made in 1856 by Robert Sutherland, probably for his wife when she was breastfeeding. Sutherland was a Scotsman who settled at Waitepeka in South Otago. He used a traditional Scottish pattern and may have brought parts of the chair with him from Scotland – some sections are made from British beech. However, the seat is kahikatea and the dowel rails bracing the legs are mānuka.

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Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Logging native forests - The timber industry, 1840–1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007