This guitar was made for a customer in New Zealand, who specified all NZ timbers be used in its construction. I only cheated a little bit - there's a bit of jarrah in the rosette, and the purfling is silver ash. But everything else is NZ native. Puriri is an interesting tree. It grows to a good size but useable timber isn't often found, because it is the favourite burrowing-place of the puriri moth's larvae, which leaves holes in the wood large enough to put your finger in! I was lucky enough to find a flitch without any holes whatsoever. The guy who sold it to me told me that it had been growing in the grounds of a rural primary school in the Bay of Plenty, along with a big Totara. The parents at the school organised a working bee, at which it was discussed whether or not to cut down the two trees as they were shading the classrooms and dropping leaves in the guttering. While the discussion was happening, a couple of dads took things into their own hands and dropped them both! Well- that was the story, anyhow. The trees were slabbed and sold to raise funds for the school.