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Maori Carvings


Billy

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Hi everybody.

 

I haven't been here for a while, but it's always great to see what everyone has been up to, and to get some more hints and tips. Especially when I'm soon to enter the world of carving stone.

 

Anyway, here are a few pieces I've completed lately. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Billy

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Hi Yuri.

 

The teeth that are displayed here were actually picked up at a second hand shop in Marlborough. Most the teeth you find in the region are from the Perano whaling station in Tory Channel. Not the nicest history, but the way I see it, I'm bringing back some beauty to otherwise forgotten creatures, and giving them the respect they deserve.

 

I love whale teeth as a medium. If I get one from a stranding, or from the old whaling days, I figure by creating some art from it, I honour the spirit of the whale, and use the energy from these magnificent creatures to channel into the piece, making it an invaluable taonga (treasure) for the recipients to pass down to future generations.

 

Thanks for your interest, B.

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I agree, it is an incredible medium. I keep on trying to find some, so far not with much success. Soe years ago I have managed to carve a tiny marionette using two of them. Unfortunately no photos.

Good to see them being turned into works of art.

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Hi everybody.

 

I haven't been here for a while, but it's always great to see what everyone has been up to, and to get some more hints and tips. Especially when I'm soon to enter the world of carving stone.

 

Anyway, here are a few pieces I've completed lately. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Billy

Nice carvings, Billy, it will be interesting to see in to which way you will be heading with stone carving. Time will tell. Don't forget to show items you are going to make. All the best, Lauri.

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Hey Mike. Thanks for your comments.

 

I don't use "finding" as such, I loop one cord around the other and bind it to itself, then do the same to the other. Creates an adjustable lashing for the wearing. See attached.

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Hi Paul. Thanks for your comments. Yes they are big. It is not unusual for Chief or prominent tribal member, even warriors to wear large pendants around the neck. It can be a sign of status and mana (power). Having said that, I would expect the purchaser to use most of these as a display piece rather than adornment. Thanks again, Billy.

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