Jon Jeet/ Carving Taonga from A CHCH Storage Unit

Behind an unsuspecting aluminium door in Bromley, a carver and artist is hard at work creating items of intrinsic value to all Kiwis.

The hands of Jon Jeet, a registered Ngāi Tahu carver and Master of Fine Arts, are covered with water and stone dust as he explains his pounamu carving process.

"Just looking at it, there is that myriad of colours and imagery, that abstract imagery that you find in the raw stone whilst you're shaping it," Jeet says as the diamond belt grinds off another sharp edge from the stone.

"When it leaves this place, someone is going to look at this and revere it and regard it as taonga."

 

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May 24, 2019