Discover the exciting world of pounamu or greenstone carving! Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some experience, I’m here to help and support you along the way. Greenstone carving is an incredibly rewarding kaupapa (endeavor) that connects you with New Zealand’s rich heritage and the beauty of natural stone. Let’s get started! For even more in-depth tutorials and inspiration, be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

Lashing Tutorials

Tutorial videos on how to use braid to lash, bind, and tie necklaces for pounamu pendants. They are for simple holes, toki, matau, koru, and others. Pounamu is also called Jade, Greenstone, Nephrite, Serpentine. There is plaiting, adjustable knots, whippings, live action, and tips and tricks.

Carving Tutorials

All tutorials on different aspects of carving pounamu. Things I have found that work for me along my journey into learning about stone carving in New Zealand. It includes tools and how I made them, what my workshop looks like, water system, polishing, sanding, and identifying fractures.

Finished Carvings Presentation

Some korero about finished sets and pieces, with some of the the thoughts that went into making them and their meanings.

Carving Pounamu In Action

A variety of clips showing the actual process of carving, how long it takes and the steps involved. Including carving shapes, cutting, using trim saw, drilling holes. This is what carving pounamu or jade actually looks like.

There’s something magical about transforming a rough piece of greenstone into a treasure that tells a story. With each stroke of the file or spin of the grinder, you reveal the hidden beauty within the stone. The cool, smooth feel of pounamu in your hand connects you to the earth, reminding you of the ancient forces that shaped it. Carving allows you to slow down, focus your mind, and connect with something timeless. It’s a meditation as much as a craft.

This is just the beginning of your greenstone carving adventure! As you practice and explore, remember that I’m here to help. If you have any questions, need guidance, or have a fantastic idea for a new tutorial, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your suggestions help shape this growing resource, and I’m always excited to see what you create!