Story: Kauri forest

Kauri felling (1st of 3)

Bushman Billy Mack takes a break while felling a giant kauri at Kauaeranga valley, Thames, in 1921. First, wedge-shaped ‘scarfs’ were cut into the trunk on the side the bushmen wanted the tree to fall. Then the trunk was sawn from the other side until the tree toppled.

Listen to former bushman Joe Julian describe the process of felling a large kauri.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Spectrum 358 – the kāuri bushmen/Reference number T6925).

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The Kauri Museum, Matakohe, Tudor Collins Collection
Reference: 1993.224.440.3.I
Photograph by Tudor Collins

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How to cite this page:

Joanna Orwin, 'Kauri forest - Using kauri', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007