Story: Kauri gum and gum digging

Washing for chips (3rd of 3)

Washing for chips

The soil from swamps was often washed through screens, leaving behind kauri gum chips, small pieces of wood and other debris. This was heaped in a pile, usually on top of a hill that was exposed to sun and wind. The gum chips would be thrown in the air, allowing the wind to blow away the lighter material – a process called winnowing.

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Carl Walrond, 'Kauri gum and gum digging - Gum digging methods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007