Kōrero: Kauri gum and gum digging

Kauri gum curio (3 o 4)

Kauri gum curio

A spider has been embedded in some kauri gum to make this novelty. By melting gum and pouring it into moulds, gum diggers could enclose insects and other items such as photos. Sitting in their isolated huts, some diggers progressed from scraping gum to carving it and making curios by the light of candles or kerosene. Naturally trapped plants, insects and small animals were also occasionally found in pieces of gum.

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The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

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Carl Walrond, 'Kauri gum and gum digging - Origin and early uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/12946/kauri-gum-curio (accessed 30 November 2021)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007