Black Maire

height - 35-50 feet
diameter - 2-4 feet

The Black Maire tree grows in colder climates of the central North Island of New Zealand

This moderately proportioned tree belies the spectacular grain within. Traditionally this tree has been cut for firewood and train loads of Maire have fuelled homes and industry in early New Zealand history. The timber is extremely dense and deceptively heavy to handle in log form. The grain changes in its cross section from cream white through brown to contain black streaks. The texture is very clean cutting and beautiful "off the tool"., waxy and has a pleasant aroma. It is easily the best of our turning timbers but a poor furniture timber for two reasons. The live tree for all its hard and dense grain, is attacked by the Puriri larvae, which bores finger size hole along the grain in the majority of trees. This defect is keenly sort by turners because of the unique tunnels which enhance platters and bowls. The timber is very slow to season and therefore is prone to warping in furniture dimensions.

New Zealand Paua [Abalone] and deer antler are very effective contrasting inlays to enhance feature woodturnings. Stump wood is available for export in larger quantities and hand luggage pieces can be taken out of New Zealand by overseas turners.