This is a beautiful and well proportioned toki make from kawakawa pounamu that has a striking patterning to it. I was very impressed when the final polish had been completed on this.
A friend commented that the patterning reminds her of water swirling around a coast line. Since then that is all I could see in this piece and I have come to think of it as Te Aakau – The Coast.
It is now with its new owner in Australia who is an old school friend of mine.
This is a great example of a ‘no hole’ toki lashing. I really like to maintain the integrity of a carving as much as possible. A hole to suspend a pendant from is far better if it is incorporated into the design and shape such as these fantail – piwakwaka pendants. The hole that can be used to suspend the necklace for a toki which is then covered over and hidden by the lashing is not an integral part of the shape. I try to avoid using it whenever possible. I find that smaller tokis need the hole as the entire lashing is smaller and less able to grip the pendant and stay secure which is the main job of a lashing – to secure the neck cord to the pendant.
I have always been interested in the different steps it takes to create pounamu pendants. Here is a few shots of the original raw piece of pounamu and what it looked like after I cut out the blank form for this toki.
You can see a video of me cutting this piece up from my youtube channel below.