One of the nicest woods I get to use to make pipes, is Tawhero. I was recently in the bush at a friends place deep in the bush below Cable bay and Mangonui.
Find the place on google by looking on Google maps for "Peria" and "Honeymoonvalley Road. My friends place is nestled in the foothills along a 3km track which is her driveway. It has a a distinct disadvantage; the surface in many places is bare clay. This is a great surface when dry, but is slippery as soap after rain.
The wood I prize highly is Tawhero. It is a nutty brown wood with a very pleasant grain. It works easily and makes flute and pipes with a great sound. Some fotos of the Tawhero from up North follow.
It cuts nicely on the bandsaw. Tawhero is a great wood for building housing. The trouble with it is that it splits, so it is never used. The foto shows the wood has been drying and has split.
This foto shows a little of how pretty the grain is. Shame about the splits.
Naturally I chose to bring home some Kanuka. It is splendid wood for turning. It is also less inclined to split than Tawhero.
For the Bamboo Society AGM I visited Tim's place near Whangarei. Tim cut me some wood from some trees cut down by the telephone lines company on his place. I do not remember what it is called. It is probably a native. It has speckled wood like Rewarewa.
A bin load of firewood from cutting the Tawhero and Kanuka. This is an additional upside to bringing home interesting woods to turn.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker