Tane figures prominently in the Maori creation myth and is estimated to be between a thousand and two thousand years old. Impressive as Tane is, these trees have existed since the Jurassic era and some are much larger than he is.
Legendary and incredible, they are also very pretty when made into tables.
Fairly recently the ‘swamp kauri‘ industry has taken off, massive machines are used to haul the forty thousand year old trees out of swamps where they have rested for what might as well be eternity. My inner hippie was quite relieved to learn that these trees were killed a bazillion years ago through natural means and are merely being recovered from the water.