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Carpenters often lament the scarcity of old-growth wood, which they prize for its dimensional stability and natural rot resistance. Most of the oldest old-growth wood available today is only about 2,000 years old when it's cut.
But the truly ancient stuff is out there; you just have to know how to find it. Bob Teisberg, of Ancientwood Ltd. in La Pointe, Wis., imports kauri pine lumber from New Zealand that's more than 50,000 years old.