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Our Story

Carefully Crafted Timber

Our Craft

Abodo crafts timbers with lasting beauty that are safe for people and the environment. Many exterior timbers are harvested from unsustainable old growth forests or are treated with harmful chemicals.

Our timbers stand the test of time, they are beautiful, durable and rapidly renewable.

Formed in 2001 by the Gudsell family, Abodo remains a New Zealand-owned, family business with a purpose.

Our Philosophy

Our design ethos has two core components:

Lifetime beauty
Abodo timbers are crafted to be enjoyed for years to come. Designed to age with grace, our timbers have exceptional weatherability and maintain their durability and beauty for a lifetime.

With tomorrow in mind
Our timbers are harvested from New Zealand’s FSC® certified rapidly renewable plantation forests. They are ethically crafted with respect from beginning to end – allowing us to meet today’s increasing needs without disadvantaging future generations.

The Future of Wood

Abodo’s thermally modified timbers stand the test of time, they are beautiful, durable and sustainable. Even better, they’re safe for people and the environment.

Pahi House Vulcan Cladding Abodo Wood

Growing more for less

Our timbers are sustainably grown in New Zealand forests that we know and respect, whose rich soils and high annual rainfall ensure rapid growth. With a total forested area of 1.8 million hectares (Forest Owners Assn, 2018/19), New Zealand’s high yielding Radiata Pine plantations are the perfect source for raw material. New Zealand is the ultimate base for sustainable forestry.

Consistently ranked in the top two for the world’s least corrupt country (Transparency International, 2020), New Zealand is not adversely affected by the corruption that affects wood producers in other parts of the world (International Criminal Police Organization, 2016).

Minimising our impact

We choose only the highest quality logs, which are then sawn in close proximity to the plantation. This means that transport related emissions are minimised and operational efficiencies are maximised. Our strong partnerships with forest owners in New Zealand’s North Island ensure a consistent supply of high quality FSC® (FSC-C010962) certified logs.

Pahi House Vulcan Cladding Abodo Wood
Pahi House Vulcan Cladding Abodo Wood

Transforming Radiata Pine

Our timbers are precision modified for durability and stability at the sawmill site. Most companies that use wood modification technology source their timber from around the world, mainly shipping the timbers to Europe to process. Our localised process reduces transport related emissions and increases speed and flexibility.