Ice Age Jazz
Ice Age Jazz is a guitar made out of ancient Kauri wood. Northern New-Zealand swamps preserved Ancient Kauri wood over the millennia. New Zealand native Kauri trees (Agathis australis) that fell thousands of years ago are known simply as Ancient Kauri. The trees have been buried and preserved underground in swamps for more than 45,000 years.
Buried just below the surface of the ground and preserved in the water of peat swamps, the Ancient Kauri wood has neither petrified nor turned to coal. This underground resting place, sealed from the air, became a perfectly balanced cocoon that preserved the giant trees. Swamp Kauri is extracted from the swamp with great effort as the logs are huge.
Ice Age Jazz has carved Ancient Kauri top and back, even the neck is made in Ancient Kauri. Fingerboard is ebony, Ziricote pickguard. A Gibson Classic '57 humbucker with volume and tone control.
The bridge is Mammoth Ivory, as well as the truss rod cover and inset in the tailpiece. (Mammoth ivory is legal ivory as opposed to elephant ivory which is not used on Slaman guitars).
Ancient Kauri is very very old. It is older than the migration of Neanderthal man, cave paintings and the last ice age.
45,000 year old Ancient Kauri pre-dates the migration of Neanderthal man into North America, the hunt for mammoths and cave paintings in Europe. The Kauri forest was already buried some 25,000 years before the on-set of the last Ice Age giving scientists an important insight into Earths climatic past.
Ancient Kauri is the oldest Swamp Kauri found in New Zealand and is the oldest workable wood in the world.
New Zealand native Kauri trees (Agathis australis) that fell thousands of years ago are known simply as Ancient Kauri. The trees have been buried and preserved underground in swamps for more than 45,000 years.
It is very grand, very rare, very exotic and very very special.
The Kauri is amongst the largest and oldest growing trees in the world. Living Kauri trees are protected. Only wood is used that is sourced from the buried trees.
Ancient Kauri’s beautiful grain and naturalresins produces a shimmering iridescence that glows from within.
Ancient Kauri trees stood 50,000 years ago and now can be admired, touched and create new objects.
This wood is harvested using environmentally friendly methods. Ancient Kauri is the world’s most exotic wood and not one tree was cut down to harvest it. These trees were felled long ago by unknown natural forces. They are brought up from underground and prepared using specially designed equipment.