Monday, October 11, 2010

World’s Biggest (and OLDEST) Picnic Table

OK, it’s not a “picnic table,” but since we’re featuring this gorgeous table at the Manomin’s “Hog-elujah!” open house on October 14, we thought we’d call it that.
This isn’t your grandma’s picnic table! 

It’s definitely BIG and OLD. It’s nearly 40-foot long — the largest piece of slab wood in the U.S. (a single plank is 38-1/2  feet long, 4-3/4  feet wide and 4-3/4 inches thick — 870 board feet). And it’s as old as 50,000 years!

The wood comes from the ancient Kauri tree, and it’s the oldest workable timber on Earth. The trees grew for 1,000-2,000 years and then they were preserved underground for 50,000 years. How do we know this? Radio carbon dating places the age of the Ancient Kauri trees at 50,000 years old. This is the maximum limit of radio carbon dating, so it is possible that this wood is even older. Our Kauri wood is certified and guaranteed.

Harvesting Kauri wood doesn’t involve cutting any standing trees, and all of the land is redressed to its original contours, so Kauri is totally eco-friendly. It qualifies for LEED credits — perfect for green building and design.

Extraction of a Ancient Kauri Tree
The colors and finishes are stunning! The highly polished finish is rich and luminous with warm gold and cognac color and distinctive grains. It glistens as if lit from within. This isn’t your grandma’s picnic table! The finish and size of Kauri wood makes it ideal for high-end uses such as corporate conference room tables. Manomin is one of only a few companies in the U.S. to offer the wood to trade professionals and consumers.

Following are a series of photos, but you really should see this table in person! You can view the Kauri wood during showroom hours on Friday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Manomin will have two Kauri slabs on display. Come talk with Manomin representatives about Kauri wood and see rough-sawn and finished slabs as well as a finished coffee table and high-top table.

Or call 651.464.1771 and see if we can make room for you at our Hog-elujah table on the 14th!
Some perspective on the size of the Kauri planks.
The grain and finish are stunning.
Beautiful shimmer in active grain.
Rich and luminous with warm gold and cognac color. 

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