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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.

River of Life series  -  te whakatere i te ora - navigate life

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. 

River of Life series - te whakatere i te ora - navigate life

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River of Life series - te whakatere i te ora - navigate life

80.00

Dear friend, Kia Ora

This simple Taonga is named Te Whakatere i te Ora which means Navigate Life. It is part of the River of Life series. Each carving is handcrafted and is unique. The difference in each piece of bone makes these incredibly individualised. This is a contemporary carving with flavourings of traditional Māori influences. It depicts the flowing nature of life. It can be interpreted in many ways.

It is based on the shape of the Tomairaki (Tōmairangi), which is reminiscent of a dew drop.

“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.

This is interpreted to “My teaching drops like rain, my words trickle forth like dew and the misty rain on new shoots”. As such, this is an expression of great wisdom. Wisdom that guides us to deep inner peace and stability. This poem was gifted to me 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.

The front contains a single Pāua inlay. This represents the purified nature of our innermost being. The basis upon which we experience life. When we come to understand what this is, we can know that the outer world we perceive is a reflection of our inner world. The pattern on the front symbolises that the outer world is a reflection of our inner world.

On the back there is a kōwhaiwhai pattern running up and down the length of the carving. This is symbolic of the river of life and all its twists and turns. It runs upwards towards and into the binding symbolising that when we focus on developing our inner wisdom and spiritual development, we will become bound to inner peace.

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The carving comes with a four-plait cord which features a fully adjustable slip knot system to enable to a perfect fit around any size neck. It also comes with an officially signed certificate of authenticity and has been registered in my database of work.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the carving and over time come to fully understand all the various layers of meaning imbued in this creation. I wish you and your family the deepest peace and happiness.

Hei konā rā
Andrew Doughty

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