Vagabond Tim
Tāne Mahuta is the Lord of the Forest. He is an Agathis australis to Latin geeks and botanists. Son of Ranginui The sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother, like all children his primary function is to keep them apart and prevent their marital embrace.

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.

This is an example of one of the Kauri trees small enough to be handled by a single machine

This is an example of one of the Kauri trees small enough to be handled by a single machine

For perspective this is a juvenile and a relatively full grown human

For perspective this is a juvenile tree and a relatively full sized human

Since Rob made it appear simple to operate this massive metallic claw monster our relatively full sized human, known most often as 'Kirsten' decided to have a go... There were less casualties than expected

Since Rob made it appear simple to operate this massive metallic claw monster our relatively full sized human, known most often as ‘Kirsten’ decided to have a go… There were less casualties than expected

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