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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.

Rīrā - to be strong

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. 

Rīrā - to be strong

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Rīrā - to be strong

320.00

Dear friend, Kia Ora

This Taonga is named Rīrā - which means to be strong. It is a contemporary take on the Hei Toki with shades of Roimata coming through.

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 carving is handcrafted and is unique. The difference in each piece of stone makes these incredibly individualised. 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.

A Roimata is generally the shape of a tear drop. While it is sometimes associated with tears of healing. In this instance this taonga represents tears of compassion born from great wisdom. Pounamu is a touch stone with a tactile surface that 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. 

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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:  200-138

 

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