Making a matching set is one of the best projects I like to work on. There is something real special about receiving a matching set of Taonga that have been carved from the same stone, as you may feel you and your significant other have been.
This pounamu toki and kuru are carved from a bright green stone with some small crystalline inclusions and the outer edge of the stone, the rind, is hard enough to use in carving and had given the white colouring. The stone originally came from the rivers of the West Coast of Tai Poutini, the South Island of New Zealand.
Have a feature that carries through each piece, like the white tip of these, is a great way of linking the two pieces with the eye.
The bindings are like the framing of a painting. I like to give my pieces an appropriate frame. It adds to the mystery and significance of a piece when it has a good binding.
The Kuru is regarded as a touch stone for use in meditation and to represent a connection with the Whenua – Land. Long slender drop shaped Kuru are symbols of knowledge, confidence and independence. Traditionally they were made from slender off cuts from making tools. Pre-European Maori wore Kuru in several forms as ornamental earrings as a symbol of status and wealth.
These pieces have been carved for guests in our country of New Zealand – Aotearoa, a guest speaker at an event travelling with his daughter. Manakitanga – Hospitality is important and I am deeply pleased to be able to contribute a small amount to welcoming these people from California. I hope your time in our Country was amazing.