Energy to forge ahead
When Michael Matchitt was gifted this piece of Hongoeka (a New Zealand native also known as Lancewood) from the small rural town of Te Awamutu, he could see the form of a patu - a traditional weapon now given as a prestigious gift. And as the shape emerged, so did kiri kiore - a surface pattern that exudes energy and movement.
For the strength, energy, and courage to forge ahead, this patu would make a stunning 21st gift, and far more culturally significant than the post-colonial 21st key.
35cm x 25cm x 9cm 226g