Common Name(s): Fijian kauri, Pacific kauri

Scientific Name: Agathis vitiensis

Distribution: Native to Fiji, Vanuatu, and Santa Cruz Islands; also grown on plantations throughout Pacific Islands

Janka Hardness: 840 lbf

Color/Appearance: Pale yellowish white heartwood with sapwood not clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Due to the tree’s large size, kauri is nearly always clear and knot-less, with minimal wastage. Can easily develop blue stain if not dried properly.

Grain/Texture: Grain is usually straight, with a fine, even texture and a moderate natural luster.

Workability: Kauri’s moderate density, along with its straight and consistent grain give it good workability. Most machining and shaping operations can be performed with a minimum of trouble. Glues and finishes well.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as endangered due to a very limited area of occupancy (less than 500 km2), as well as a decline and deforestation of its natural habitat. However, this species is also grown commercially on plantations.

Common Uses: Boatbuilding, furniture, cabinetry, kitchen utensils, vats, and turned objects.