The Provenance of our Rimu

The Provenance of our Rimu

May 16, 2019

Provenance, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is ‘the place of origin or earliest known history of something’.

Provenance is currently a popular topic among our consumer culture.  Knowing the provenance of something, gives a point of reference in time and place. It can generate a beautiful narrative behind a product and bring some insights towards the environmental impact it would generate.

This post is dedicated to documenting all the locations of where our salvaged rimu timber was sourced. This will be an archive that will build over time. Every time we get a new stock of rimu, its provenance will be added here.

The location of each site is documented through an aerial view (taken from Auckland GIS) with the site highlighted by colour and a white marker. The sequence of text that follows includes the street name, the area, building type & period, types of timber beams recuperated from the site.

Since the publication of this post, our rimu furniture has a written label on the underside with the provenance of its timber (location, building period & type and demolition date). 

Site number 1: 

1950s timber framed house on Roskill Way, Mount Roskill. 

Demolished in July 2016. Recovered about 2/3 of the structural beams.

These included rafters, joists, piles, bearers and studs.


Site number 2:

1950s timber-framed house on Mount Albert Road, Royal Oak.

Demolished in October 2017.

Recovered about 1/3 of the joists, studs and rafters.


Site number 3:

1950s timber-framed house on White Swan Road, Mount Roskill.

Demolished in February 2018.

Recovered about half of the structural beams. These included rafters, joists, piles, bearers and studs.


Site number 4:

1950s timber-framed shed on Selwyn Ave, Mission Bay.

Demolished in September 2018.

Recovered all the joists and studs.


Site number 5:

1970s timber-framed house on Bond Crescent, Forest Hill.

Renovated in November 2018.

Recovered most of the bearers and pile beams.