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  1. I'm still hoping by sharing some work, this place will continue to flourish New piece I thought I would share. Something a little different. Story below. Cheers, Billy. What lies beneath? Strength. Pride. Guidance. Your whakapapa (genealogy). Two sides, forever together in your heart, your wairua. It makes you who you are, and makes you an important part of your whanau's (family's) journey. Nothing is stronger than the love for your whanau, your family. Together, the strength is immense. Bring in your whakapapa, your tupuna (ancestors), the strength is impenetrable. Trust in your tupuna for mauriora (spiritual strength and guidance). They are there together for you. They lie within your soul. Unseen, but with great force they preside, yet peaceful and loving. Calm and majestic. Like two whales in the ocean.
  2. Hi folks. Well it has been a while since I posted. With facebook and blogs my time is often spent in social media. But I do love this place and hope that it can keep going at some capacity. Here is just a taste of what I have been up to in the last few months. I have been busy painting a lot which has limited my carving time. If fact I had a solo in Wellington earlier this year. If you're interested you can see more at http://www.rongomau.com/#!from-the-land/c1eyl Anyway. I hope you enjoy the work. I hope there are still some of my old friends around. I hope this finds you all well. Mauriora. Billy.
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    First Exhibition

    Congratulations. I hope it goes well.
  4. Kia ora David. Every one of them had their own story. If you find them on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/toirongomau you can find out more about them. Thank you for your interest. Gareth.
  5. Nice to see new work from you Lachlan. Lovely work. Cheers.
  6. Nice work Steve. Keep it up brother. I've carved all three too. From my experience I like camel the best. The textures are reminiscent of ivory. Beef bone is a trusted favourite and can get lovely textures with some simple oiling techniques. The giraffe I have I love for its size, but I find that the chemical treatment they have used to export it has compromised the integrity of the bone. I had some success in carving it but had to adjust my designs as some pieces broke of due to the brittle nature of the bone. Cheers, Billy.
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    Sorry To Say

    The great thing I find about the community here is that all the information is easily digestible. Some of the other forums get dozens of posts a day. I always feel like I will miss something. Here, I get to look at most, if not all the posts. I liken it to living in a small town and escaping the hustle and bustle of the big city. Billy.
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    My First Carving

    Nice work. I hope you stick around Russ.
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    Paua Shell Purchase

    PM me your address. I'll send you what I have in small fragments and let me know how long that sort of quantity would last. Then I may have a better idea of where to direct you to get more. I get mine from NZ. I simply ring my mum and get her to send me a few whole shells. They last me for a year or two. I don't get the fragments as I prefer to cut out from the whole shell. But I know you can buy fragments for quite cheap. Sebastian has given you a good option, but if you only want tiny pieces, this option might be a bit more expensive. Remember that paua shell is carcinogenic. Make sure you wear a mask at all times if you're creating dust. Cheers, b
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    Paua Shell Purchase

    I have a small container of small fragments but not sure how much you want. It might not be worth sending. Could you get whole shells and break them up?
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    Paua Shell Purchase

    Hi Dan. You can buy paua shell fragments/pieces quite easily in NZ. How much do you want? Billy
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    Whale Teeth And Such

    Nice work Bella. Glad we're still in contact somewhere
  13. Something a little different from my normal pendants. The beautiful Huia. A large wattlebird that was mainly found in a large area in the south eastern part of the North Island. The last official sighting was in 1907, but sightings were reported as late as the 1960s. The tail feathers of the Huia were highly prized by Maori, and were worn as a sign of high rank. The feathers were so highly regarded that they made elaborately carved containers in the shape of a small waka (canoe) to keep them safe. When hot worn, they were placed in the 'wakahuia', then it was hosted up to the roof for safe keeping. The Huia can stake claim to the most expensive feather ever. A single Huia feather was sold for $8000 in 2010. Twice as much as any other price paid for a feather. This piece is a dedication to this wonderful bird. It is designed as a hair accessory as the feathers were always worn, and represents the mana and integrity of the wearer. Maori often wore Heru, a comb which was worn at the back of the head by people of high-born and chiefly status. The longer outside pieces are a subtle nod to the female Huia's beak; Long and curved, which was vastly different from the male's beak. The main detail on the top section represents the beautiful plumage of the Huia's feathers. A feature that earned them the name Huia-ariki "chiefly huia". MaurioraCheers, Billy
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    Hi All

    Hi Mike. I'm sure we'll be chatting a lot in the future. But for starters, a quick hint would be to buy a lot of sandpaper. For beefbone I would get 100, 300, 600 grits. Also look at gravers. These two things are the best for shaping in the final stages. A handpiece and files are for roughing out and general shaping. Most of the time you can use a jeweller's coping saw for the initial shaping. A wise Thai carver was once asked how he carved such beautiful elephants. He replied. 'it's simple, you just remove everything that isn't elephant'. Same principals apply here. But you must take your time and be careful, because if you take too much away, you won't have an elephant.
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    Hi From New Zealand

    Kia ora Darryn. Nice to see you here. In Sydney but from Wellington
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    Whale Teeth Questions

    They would be worth a bit Janel, depending on the size. They could probably sell them legally within the US borders, but even sending them overseas rarely is a problem. I'm sure there's a few people here that would be interested.
  17. Thanks Bruce. Yeah it is a piece of whale's tooth. Beautiful material to work, and so much energy in them.
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    I love that Yuri. It reminds me of Okos, which were little containers that held the pigment for Ta moko. They were very well carved as they were tapu, as everything was associated with the carved arts. But Ta moko especially tapu. Very nice.
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    Dragon - Hei Matau Blend

    I think it's wonderful Steve. A clever way of working the dragon/martial art component into the traditional shape. Very nice. The material has a lovely character to it also. Very nice.
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    New Carver In Nc

    Welcome Josh. Nice to see you here. Looking forward to seeing your work.
  21. It's Waitangi Day in New Zealand today (6 February). We celebrate the signing of a treaty, put in place to bring peace between Maori and Pakeha. With a few little problems alone the way, it has largely done just that. This piece is called Hurihuringa, which translates to 'reflections'. The best way to prepare for our future, is to reflect on our past. Mauriora friends. Billy.
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    Hello All!

    Welcome Justin. Nice to see you here.
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    Hi From A Newbie

    I have no doubt. Take care brother...or cuzzy...or uncle...or My work if you're interested www.rongomau.com
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    Hi From A Newbie

    Born and bred Stokes Valley
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    Hi From A Newbie

    All good bro. Glad we're in touch. What part of Aotearoa are you from?