Kōrero: Kauri gum and gum digging

Gum wig (4 o 4)

Gum wig

One of the oddest curios made of kauri gum is strands of ‘hair’. They were made by placing a piece of gum onto a heated plate. This was left for a few seconds and then slowly lifted off. Fine strands formed as the gum was lifted – like threads of toffee. While still warm, the ‘hair’ could be plaited, but once it cooled it became very brittle and could not be handled.

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The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

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/12947/gum-wig (accessed 20 May 2022)

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