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36 Meadowville Avenue
Christchurch, Canterbury, 8024
New Zealand

+64 27519 0724

Andrew Doughty is a New Zealand based Bone and Stone carver and artist. Each carving is handcrafted with love. His wish is to create carvings that communicate peace and hope.

Tomairaki - kaiao - alive, living

Bone and Pounamu Carvings for Sale

I have a number of carvings available for sale online. The pictures include both front, back and sometimes other angles as well.

All prices are quoted in New Zealand Dollars and includes free postage and packaging within New Zealand. 

All work is personally guaranteed. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about any of the carvings. 

Tomairaki - kaiao - alive, living

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Tomairaki - kaiao - alive, living

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Dear friend, Kia Ora

This Taonga is a Tomairaki called Kaiao meaning alive, living. It is a Tomairaki (Tōmairangi) which is the reminiscent of a dew drop. It is associated with the following poem gifted to me to share with you by the very esteemed Kaumātua and Tohonga of Na te Upoko Runaka o Te Runaka ki Otautahi o Kai Tahu, Rev’d Maurice Manawaroa Gray MNZM, LTh,JP. 

“Ka patapata iho taku whakaakoranga āno he ua, ka maturuturu iho taku kupu ano he tomairangi (tomairaki), me te ua punehunehu ki runga i te tipu hou. - My teaching drops like rain, my words trickle forth like dew and the misty rain on new shoots”

Tomairaki such as this make a wonderful touch stone as they their tactile surface is comforting to rub. Over time, when used in this way, the oils transferred onto this stone will gradually deepen the sheen, complexion, and lustre of this piece.  

It is made from authentic New Zealand sourced Pounamu. While I am a registered Artisan licensed to purchase raw Pounamu through Ngāi Tahu’s authenticity assurance scheme, this specific stone has been sourced elsewhere. In this instance this beautiful piece of raw stone was given to me by a well-known local carver based in Ōtautahi.

This raw stone is a mix of Kawakawa and Inanga. Kawakawa Pounamu is the strongest and darkest aspect of this stone. It ranges from medium to dark forest green. It is not typically translucent, and in some cases a black ­fleck occurs bringing a noticeable character. It's named after the native kawakawa plant which was traditionally used for its culinary and medicinal properties. Inanga Pounamu is typified by its pearly white or grey-green tones, with varying degrees of translucency. It transcends the greens with blue, grey, silver and white tones. It is named for the native Inanga fish - the adult form of the juvenile whitebait, a popular New Zealand delicacy. 1) This stone was sourced from the rivers of the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Each Taonga is handcrafted and is unique. The difference in each piece of stone makes these incredibly individualised. I have gone for the semi-mat finish as is more in line with traditionally carved pounamu. It has been bound using the half-hitch knot technique and features a size adjustable cord.

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This Taonga has been registered in my database and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. I guarantee my craftsmanship. If there are any problems let me know ASAP and I’ll put it right. 

I wish you and your family the deepest peace and happiness. 

Aroha nui

 

Andrew Doughty

Database Reference:  200-141

1- Acknowledgments: information sourced from https://www.ngaitahupounamu.com/pounamu