Full Chisel Blog

January 30, 2011

Very Old Wood

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Uncategorized,Wood — Stephen Shepherd @ 8:17 pm

I have a few very old things; mastodon bone, petrified wood and fossil amber and now I have a piece of workable wood that is between 30,000 to 50,000 years old.  I would encourage everyone to get at least a piece of this wood, a real piece of history.  You can purchase it here at WoodCraft Supply.  I have no connection and receive no compensation for this post. 

I just think that if I can own and work a piece of wood that old, it is a once in a life time opportunity and well worth the cost.  I am even going to save the sawdust and chips and burn them to smell what a paleolithic campfire might have smelled like.  Complete immersion in history.



  1. Great idea, Stephen, and I’m looking forward to see what you are going to come up with it.

    Amazingly straight grain and consistent growth rings.

    A while ago I thought of using recovered mahogany from the late 1800’s to build the new tool cabinet I am planning. I figured using wood from the same era as the tools would be cool. At 38 bucks a board foot, though, it turned out that the cabinet would cost twice as much as the tool collection it would house.


    Comment by Mitchell — January 31, 2011 @ 10:55 am

  2. Dear Stephen,
    What a cool thing! I wonder…how do we know for certain this is recovered ancient wood and not something poached from the protected stands of Kauri timber?

    I think a flute or whistle would be a good project for this…then one could add “ancient sound” to the experience. Save the carbon from the burnt sawdust and use that as a paint pigment. Waste not want not!

    Comment by Steven M. Lalioff — February 20, 2011 @ 11:10 am

  3. Looking forward to see what is to become of your jewel.

    Remember to encourage the buyer to take some good pictures along the way, so others can see
    what actually can be made out of a good piece of wood.

    Having a decent woodplan is half the job done.

    Comment by Joshua Dupre — March 9, 2011 @ 4:51 am

  4. I can almost feel the knitting needles in my hands….;)

    Comment by Tracy Mutter — March 12, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

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