Toki – Kaniere Stone

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This toki was made for a special guy on a big round birthday late last year.  It has beautiful colouring with light to mid green swirls.

It carves really well, pretty consistent and didn’t flake or chip at all, a really nice stone.  It held a good edge to and I put this to good use on the toki edge.

A toki is a symbol of authority, power, and leadership.  It can worn to display these qualities or as given as a sign of respect for the recipient and their strength of character.

This is the first carving I have done from the below block of pounamu. It weighed about 10 kgs. A beautiful stone for carving from the Kaniere Stream area, which is a tributary to the Hokitika River on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

3 Responses

  1. So beautiful and appropriate – thank you Cam!

  2. I love the stories behind the pieces that you make thank you. Hi my name is Jeanette I am wanting a pounamu for my partner the design is to with our Whanau Lewis DeSouza. I don’t know if our cousin Shane Doncaster has been in touch with you but I think there may be more that are wanting the dame carving. Obviously the design is patented to our Whanau. I have not been able to find anyone who is carving them within the Whanau. I will try and get a picture so you can see what I am talking about and see if you are able to make it and what the price would be. There are many of us with tamokos of the design and plenty of bone carvings but not sure how many made out of greenstone.
    Thank you for your time.

    Kind Regards
    Jeanette Nathan

    • Hi, Great to hear from, you and thanks for the point about the story, I think that is such an important part of pounamu. Shane has been in touch a few weeks ago, the easiest way to get in touch and discuss projects is through facebook send me a message through my page and we can discuss this further and it is easier to send photos.

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