Cobble to Taonga
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Cobble to Taonga

At Campbell Carving, we’re constantly amazed by the natural wonders that come through our doors. Recently, a customer brought in a pounamu cobble they found on the beach. What appeared to be an unassuming stone held a hidden treasure trove of colour inside! This particular pounamu revealed stunning shades of green, ranging from deep emerald…

Manawa Riri – Pakohe
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Manawa Riri – Pakohe

This striking breastplate pendant, named Manawa Riri (Heart of Courage or Fighting Spirit), is carved from a beautiful piece of light grey pakohe, sourced from the Nelson region. Pakohe, or argillite, is a fine-grained mudstone highly prized by Māori for its durability and ability to take a sharp edge. This name reflects the strength of…

Koru Whanau

Koru Whanau

The koru is a powerful symbol in Maori culture, representing growth, new beginnings, and the unfurling fern frond. It’s a fitting image for a taonga pounamu (treasured greenstone) carving, a piece imbued with deep meaning and cultural significance. This piece is called ‘Koru Whanau’. This particular koru whanau carving, crafted from Marsden Kawakawa pounamu, is…

Kawakawa Cross

Kawakawa Cross

Pounamu, the treasured greenstone of New Zealand, holds deep spiritual and cultural significance. When carved into a cross, a timeless symbol of faith and spirituality, its power and beauty take on an even greater depth. I’d like to share my latest creation, a beautiful cross pendant carved from a rich, deep block of kawakawa pounamu….

Akaroa Toki – Basalt

Akaroa Toki – Basalt

Basalt, a dense volcanic rock, has played a vital role in human history, its strength and durability shaping tools and structures across civilizations. In Aotearoa (New Zealand), basalt was a prized material for Māori artisans, particularly for crafting toki (adzes). Recently, I had the honor of carving a toki from a piece of basalt sourced…

Totoweka Tapatoru

Totoweka Tapatoru

Pounamu, or greenstone, is a taonga (treasure) in Māori culture, revered for its beauty and deep connection to the natural world. Today, I’m thrilled to share a unique piece – a pounamu tapatoru I crafted from totoweka, a rare and captivating type of pounamu found in the South Westland region of New Zealand. Totoweka is…

Akaroa Basalt Toki

Akaroa Basalt Toki

Basalt, a dense and hard volcanic rock, has been a prized material for carving throughout New Zealand’s history. Its strength and durability made it ideal for both tools and adornments. I recently had the privilege of carving a toki (adze) from a piece of basalt sourced near Akaroa, a beautiful harbor town on the Banks…

Te Matarau o Tangiwai

Te Matarau o Tangiwai

I’m excited to unveil my latest carving, a small yet exquisite toki named “Te Matarau o Tangiwai”. This piece holds a special significance for me, not only for its beauty but also for the symbolism behind its name and the stone it’s crafted from. In traditional Māori culture, the toki (adze) represented strength, craftsmanship, and…

Manaaki

Manaaki

Pounamu, the greenstone of New Zealand, isn’t simply beautiful; it carries deep significance for Māori, representing a taonga (treasure) steeped in tradition and spiritual meaning. This taonga is named “Manaaki.” It’s carved from South Westland hapopo pounamu, its 6cm form has a unique blend of curves and angles. The coolness of the stone, mirroring the…