Cultures, ancestors. All come together in one beautiful place. They share their stories, their experiences and they are there for us, always.
Whalebone amulet for reciting whakapapa. Whalebone can very very unforgiving. It’s porous nature can be very challenging to carve. Many cavities and imperfections can keep you reassessing the final design. It just shows you who is really in charge.
WIP shot of Pumahara Manaia. First non-commissioned work for a while, so happy to share the WIPs with you all. Quite a rustic piece of bone but plenty of solid areas to work. I always sense more wairua when the bone is more porous. I still want more detail. And the strapping will finish this quite nicely. Also got some cleaning up to do, although with this style of medium, you can get away with a little more than others. Mauriora.
Korowai – A true Maori taonga. A cloak worn by high ranking Ariki or Rangatira. Woven over months of long hard work using the finest of materials available.
This carving represents the korowai and the prestige it epitomizes. The pakati detail on the front stands for the painstaking work and dedication that goes into making such a taonga, . The detail on the back represents the rangatira themself. The centre line is the backbone – strong and powerful and drawing energy from the flanks. The side detail are the ribs, representing the hapu and whanau, flowing into the backbone for support, and at the same time increasing the power and mana of those who wear it.
Manaia O Whakapapa. A Taonga for someone who likes to chat to ancestors and tell their stories. This piece was carved from the front section of the tooth Paikea was carved from.
Paikea - The Spirit Of The Whale Rider.
When a customer commissions a carving from me and wants it to represent their respect and love of the ocean, first thoughts are always Tangaroa or Paikea. Usually I would try and be more creative, but for this piece, it made perfect sense.
My customer was inspired by the taonga that appears in the movie Whale Rider, which from recollection is a classic rei puta style pendant. So with that on mind I endeavoured to create a piece to respect Paikea himself, and the majestic Humpback Whale.
I have left the back section largely untouched so the purity of the wairua, the spirit of the whale, is against the skin, close to their heart. The front is a display of respect to that wairua and Tangaroa, God of the sea. The outer, notched section represents the direct descendants of Tangaroa, making this piece a strong whakapapa of the greatest creatures to dwell in the oceans. The pakati inside the notching represent motion, and shows their love of the ocean as they enter and depart from the sea. Contained within the pakati are the turbulent waters of the sea. Often aggressive and unpredictable, but always contained within the pakati and overseen by the ancestors that surround it.
There’s some new styles going on here that I’m pretty happy about, but also excited as I can see plenty of room for improvement and learning while I take on new dimensions.
Kia ora all. A small piece representing a ‘Naki boy who uprooted his own life, but always feels a connection to his ancestral home in Taranaki.
Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine.
My latest taonga, a private commission for Kahungunu couple from Sydney, Sheldon Sadler and Jacqueline Marincas.
The two pieces together represent Tamatea the great navigator, the two separated represent Kahungunu himself and Rongomaiwahine.
The piece reflects their whakapapa, their relationship and their wonderful little whanau.