Story: Exotic forestry

Felling a kauri

Felling a kauri

Two men begin the arduous work of logging a giant kauri tree by cutting a ‘scarf’ (a wedge shape) on the side where the tree is intended to fall. Next they will saw through the trunk from the other side. In the 19th and early 20th centuries much of New Zealand’s native forest was felled in this way. Kauri, which grew mainly in Northland and the Coromandel Peninsula, was particularly sought after for its strong but light timber, and large quantities were exported.

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The Kauri Museum, Matakohe
Reference: H 1993 224 132-1
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Michael Roche, 'Exotic forestry - Forestry in the 1800s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Michael Roche, published 24 Nov 2008