ensuring drive and momentum on your journey
Hoe (paddles) are, in a practical sense, a means of propelling oneself through the water. In a spiritual sense then, they represent motivation, drive, and the energy required to move forward in your journey through life. Culturally, hoe represent prestige, high standing, and mana. They are often carved with someone’s specific whakapapa (genealogical lines) in terms of either tribal lines or other history. This hoe is adorned with the form of a manaia—a kaitiaki (guardian) or supportive element, reinforcing the concept of mana or status. A hoe is a particularly meaningful gift to acknowledge leadership, achievement, or graduation to another stage of life.
Kowhaiwhai is a scroll design. It uses images of plant growth to represent genealogical lines. Kowhaiwhai feature prominently on the ceiling of a wharenui (meeting house) and in tā moko (traditional tattoo).
This style is a contemporary interpretation of a rich traditional cultural icon. The form and shape, while modern, are achieved through the use of traditional tools and practices. The artist uses chisel and mallet, not sandpaper, to create the smooth surface and clean lines. Each piece is uniquely hand carved.