This fine grained lightweight timber from Australasia has a sheen to it unlike most other timbers. Grain can pick up during planing, but otherwise it works well. A durable timber which could be used for lightweight boatbuilding or cabinet work.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is reported as being conservation dependent by the IUCN.
Common uses: boat building, cabinetry, veneer, musical instruments and turned objects.
Comments: Harvesting of Kauri in New Zealand is strictly controlled.