A hoe or paddle simply references journeys and forward momentum. But the levels of symbolism in this piece are many-layered. Michael Matchitt has taken a piece of kauri from Kaihu in Northland - with the story imbued in it throughout its life as pallet for transportation - and and then engraved onto it's surface a traditional story.
The circular pattern, rauru, according to the Ngāti Awa tribe, speaks of the first carver - a man so powerful he only needed to say things once. "Rauru kī tahi."
Below that is a variant of pūhoro, a symbol of journeys, travel, and coming of age.
66cm x 14cm x 4cm 630g