Story: Kauri gum and gum digging

Varnish

Varnish

One of the prime uses of kauri gum was in varnish. In the late 1800s, it had two distinct advantages over other resins. It held its colour better and, because it had a lower melting point, it was easier and safer to handle. By the early 1900s, much quality furniture – such as this table – was being finished with kauri gum varnishes. Only the highest grades of gum were suitable.

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Carl Walrond, 'Kauri gum and gum digging - Origin and early uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12952/varnish (accessed 9 August 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007