Kauri Gum In Wood
This is the famous Kauri gum from the New Zealand gum diggers.
Kauri gum is from a tree in the family Araucariaceae, genus Agathis. This is a small family of trees found in the northern part of New Zealand (Agathis australis) and Queensland (Agathis palmerstonii and Agathis robusta). It has been found also in Indonesia.
Most of the recent Kauri gum is 10,000 to 40,000 years old.
The fossil gum has been dated from coal seams to be 43 million years old. The Kauri gum (copal) that is offered for sale is not fossil gum, but only 30 or 40,000 years old. As you probably know, Kauri gum is almost impossible to find, and even harder to find for sale! To the left you will see a postcard that shows gum workers sorting the day's find. This post card is date 1909. Click on the image to view a much larger image of the same.
This giant is 731 grams (that is well over a pound) This is a very special piece. The bottom half of the specimen is the actual wood that the resin originally flowed from. Almost impossible to find like this, the piece is fun to look at and instructional also.