Carvings

All these pieces are carved in various exotic and native New Zealand timbers and cow bone.  Some of them have inlays of silver or brass or are plated in 22-carat gold.  The pieces of timber were either given to me by friends or found in second-hand shops, and the cow bone was from the local butchers!  All the wood has been finished with natural beeswax.

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Carving made from the amazing honey-coloured kauri wood. Inside painted with clear enamal paint.

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Carved from a small ebony elephant, this piece still has the original ivory eyes. It also has silver and gold-leafed brass details.

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There's something inside.
There's something inside.

The beautiful lustre of 22-carat gold can be seen here helping to create an illusion that there is something inside this bone carving.

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Kauri carvings
Kauri carvings

Kauri trees grow huge in the North of New Zealand. Most of them were chopped down but now they are protected. The wood has an incredible honey-coloured shine and so I have made these pendants very simple to bring out this quality. As you can see I have started to experiment with copper leaf to see how the two work together.

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Ebony and silver sculpture
Ebony and silver sculpture

African ebony and sterling silver pendant. The ebony was once the leg of a statue which had been carved in Africa and found it's way to me via a second hand shop somewhere inbetween Taranaki and here (Wellington).

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Golden lining set
Golden lining set

This set of earrings and pendant have been carved out of the same giraffe statue as the long bean pendants. They have been lined with 22-carat gold leaf to add shiney brightness.

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Giraffe leg bean pod
Giraffe leg bean pod

As the name suggests this piece was carved from a statue of a giraffe which I found in a second-hand shop. It isn't based on any particular bean pod but must be a conglomeration of all the bean pods I've studied.

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Oval pod (front)
Oval pod (front)

The material in this pendant is wood from the black maire tree.

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Juicy seed
Juicy seed

This piece was carved from a peice of walnut and has sterling silver juice. It is reminiscent of the seeds of the jacaranda tree.

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