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50,000-year-old giant tree honors 9/11 heroes

from Woodworking Network

A massive 40-foot-by-6-foot Antico table on display in SCM's booth at Xylexpo 2018 has a legendary history that is surpassed only by its current symbolic dedication to bravery. Tane Mahuta in Maori means Millennial Kauri, which is New Zealand's largest and most famous tree. It is also the oldest wood in the world. Dating back to the Jurassic Period, these giants were felled by natural disasters more than 50.000 years ago and remained buried under many feet of mud. They remained unchanged until the present. Logs up to 240 feet long and 27 feet in diameter have been recovered.

The Antico Table, designed by Renzo and Matteo Piano, was created for the "Ground Zero ... Ground Heroes" project after the terror attack in New York on 9/11. The proceeds from five kauri tables, auctioned by Christie's, were then donated to the children of Italian-American firemen who lost their lives during the attack. The special iron base of Antico Table is the symbol of the Twin Towers wreckage. more

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