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    Cultural Practices

    Do I have to match the meaning of the carving with the reason for the gift?

    No. The carvings have general meanings as described on each item’s page but you can attribute whatever specific meaning is appropriate for your purpose. With works like these you may get a sense or feeling of a wairua or spiritual meaning intended for you. Think of it like a poem that different people can interpret different ways.

    I've heard you should have carvings given to you, is it appropriate to buy one for myself?

    Yes. These carvings have been designed as gifts and artworks. We fully support you giving yourself a special gift and adding one of our works to your art collections.

    Why do they all have tongues sticking out?

    While sometimes this is about showing strength and presenting a fierce face we usually use it to represent storytelling and communication.

    Does the carving need to be blessed?  If so, how can I arrange for this to be done?

    No it does not need to be blessed but you can have this done if you wish. Because a blessing is very personal its not something we can do for you. But if you want some advice give us a call and we may be able to put you in touch with your local hapu or iwi (subtribe and tribe).

    Is there a culturally respectful way to handle the carving, eg washing hands first?

    No, unless you are Māori, or it has been specifically commissioned. If that’s the case, we’ll tell you specifically any cultural requirements.

    Will the carving bring good or bad spirits to my home/office?

    No.

    Is it disrespectful to take the carving to another country?

    No. We’d love you to share these works around the world.

     

    Display

    Are there any restrictions, tapu, or special ways of handling/displaying my carving?

    No. Your carving is not inherently sacred. You may choose to treat it that way, but that is up to you. As a contemporary work of art designed for sale to the public, it has no restrictions placed on it.

    Does it need to face a certain direction or be placed in a certain place? (Are there any feng shui type rules about it?)

    No.

    Can I hang this in a room where food is eaten?

    Yes, absolutely.

    Can I put it anywhere?

    Yes.

    Can i put it outside?

    Yes. We generally recommend displaying your carving indoors as weather will eventually break down the wood. But we also know that wood exposed to nature ages with beauty and character—just remember that its lifespan could be reduced dramatically depending on the environment. If you wish to display this carving outdoors and protect it somewhat from the weather, you may want to consider sealing it with an exterior finish.

    Will the sun damage it?

    Yes. The weather will break down wood over time. But we also know that wood exposed to nature ages with beauty and character—just remember that its lifespan could be reduced dramatically depending on the environment you hang it.

     

    Care and Cleaning

    Will my carving need to be refinished at any time, eg add oil?

    To care for your hand-carved artwork, regularly apply a quality furniture or wood polish, then buff with a soft cloth to bring back its lustre.

    My carving is dusty from hanging on the wall, are there any do’s and don’t’s for cleaning it?

    To care for your hand-carved artwork, regularly apply a quality furniture or wood polish, then buff with a soft cloth to bring back its lustre.

    To care for your ceramic pieces, regularly dust and wipe with a warm, damp cloth if needed.