DOWNEAST TAONGA "A Treasured Thing"

randybarker1's Shop Announcement

Downeast Taonga is a reflection of where I am from and the Maori culture I have fallen in love with. Downeast = I live in Downeast Maine, Taonga = in the Maori culture is a "Treasured Thing". It is usually an item passed down from generation to generation and each wearer of said object adds Mana or spirit to the object.

There are a few different types of pendants made and worn,

Tiki which is a stylized head,

Koru which is a spiral or the shape of an unfurling fern which symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace.

Hie Toki, (hand axe) The bone or jade toki pendant was traditionally worn by Maori elders, as it represented power, wisdom and authority.

Hei Matau, (fish hook) A hei matau is a bone or jade carving in the shape of a highly stylized fish hook typical of the Māori people of New Zealand. They represent strength, good luck and safe travel across water.

I am a retired tattoo artist who fell in love with wood working and then found wood turning. I found Bone carving quite by accident by talking to friends from New Zealand on Face Book.
I started carving bone last winter (2010) when it was too cold to go out and work in my woodshop and have fallen in love with Maori art, culture and style.
I have another ETSY page ........... where I also sell turned bowls and wooden sculpture.
I use Beef/Bovine bone, White Tail Deer Antler, Woolly Mammoth Ivory, and a few exotic and local woods occasionally
All work is done by me and me alone.

Thank you for visiting my shop!

P.S. I consider each of my pendants as a work of art! I do not mass produce these and will not ever!
I also wear each piece I make for a day or two to add a little more of me to it. As you wear it against your skin the oils in your body will change the color of the bone to a beautiful golden color. Some people purchase a bone pendant like mine as a gift and they wear it for a few days to add a bit of them into it before passing it along as a gift.
These are truly a "Treasured Thing"