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All products on this site made from Ancient Swamp Kauri wood removed from a swamp where carbon dated samples range from 5,000 to 60,000 years.

At Heirloom Boxes I make a range of beautiful hand crafted products from Ancient Swamp Kauri timber.

This timber has been buried in the swamps of Northland, New Zealand for up to 60,000 years making it the oldest workable timber in the world.

Swamp Kauri has an absolutely stunning range of color and pattern and is simply like no other timber.

In my workshop at Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand I craft a range of beautiful Jewellery boxes mainly using hand tools, some of which are antiques.

As well as jewellery boxes I also craft a range of products including beautiful serving platters and boards, some complete with ceramic dipping bowls, also candle holders spatulas and other assorted items.

It gives me great pleasure to select an unattractive piece of timber and reveal the beauty that can lay beneath the surface.

No two pieces of work are the same, even when made from the same piece of timber using the same design every piece will be unique, such is the beauty of this special timber.


  • 2 September at 06:39 from facebook

    Latest commission completed. Swamp Kauri with brass fittings. 29 x 20.5 x 25cm tall. Drawers are customised to suit customers requirements.

  • 22 August at 17:10 from facebook

    This was an interesting job. My customer brought me the large piece of raw material in the photo below asking me to make an urn for her fathers ashes. She requested a wave shape and please try to ke

  • 15 August at 16:33 from facebook

    Cremation Urns, I seem to be making a few of these lately.

  • 16 July at 19:10 from facebook

    Not a bad weeks work. All of these were cut from the same slab of Ancient Swamp Kauri and are off to their new homes on Monday.

  • 7 July at 14:37 from facebook

    Anyone for tea? Ancient swamp Kauri.