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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.

Hei Toki - Nui Teitei - Great Height

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Hei Toki - Nui Teitei - Great Height


Hei Toki - Nui Teitei - Great Height


Dear friend, Kia Ora

This Hei Toki is named Nui Teitei - which means great height. The texture or pattern of this Taonga reminds me of looking at the earth from a great height. It is also symbolic of being able to take a simple tool like the Hei Toki and use it to attain great standing and mana within a community.

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.

Each Hei Toki is handcrafted and is unique. The difference in each piece of stone makes these incredibly individualised. I have gone for the mat finish as is more in line with traditionally carved Toki.  It has been bound using the traditional no hole technique. This means that there is no hole drilled into the top so avoid a potential point of weakness.

In general, the Hei Toki (adze) is a symbol of strength, courage, power, and authority. Traditionally they had two uses. They were functional tools used for cutting down trees and used by Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver) to create their elaborate carvings. Secondly, they were bound to ornate wooden handles and used for ceremonial purposes. Only strong chiefs with a lot of mana could wield the toki poutangata (ceremonial axe). Due to this connection with Māori Chiefs they are a symbol of great Mana.

When a great tree was felled for the purposes of making a special waka (canoe) or a carving for a meeting house (Whare Nui), the first chips of wood taken from the tree were given to the Tohunga (elder or priest) who took them to a special place where a karakia of thanks was recited. This karakia was directed to the god of the forest, Tanemahuta, acknowledging the sacrifice of those under his care.

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This Taonga has been registered in my database and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. I wish you and your family the deepest peace and happiness.

Aroha nui

Andrew Doughty

Database Reference: 200-135

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