Carving Meanings

When you see a carving, what does it mean to you? Do you see it as a piece of art, or does it have a more personal significance?

Our designs can mean different things and their meanings can be varied and complex. Here’s a look into the meaning of our designs.

Toki (Adze blade)

The toki is an essential tool for Maori people. It was made for two purposes. It was used firstly as a tool to carve waka (canoe) and to prepare timber for building. The toki was also used to create ornamental or ceremonial items, often given to people regarded with high esteem. Today our toki are symbolic of strength, and good character. They represent the determination, focus, and effort required to achieve any goals we may have.

Matau (Fish hook)

The fish hook has always been of the upmost importance to the Maori people of New Zealand. Originally used as a practical tool used to catch fish and often worn around the neck for safe keeping. Slowly the Hei matau became ornamental. With a fishing hook one could provide for their family, and prosper. Today the matau symbolizes prosperity and strength

Whanau (Family)

Our Whanau designs have two maincomponents, theseoverlap each other, symbolizing the coming together of people to become united in family and friendships. There are also other features in these designs that can represent different elements that make each family unique, like children and accomplishments.

Ara i te ora (Path of life)

Our path of life designs have similarities to the eternity symbol, where the design has twists that allow for continuous flow. This style represents our life journey, and the relationships we develop along the way.

Koru (Spiral)

The koru is a spiral shape based on a new unfurling silver fern frond. It is dominant feature in Māori art, carving and tattooing, where it is symbolic of new life, growth, strength and peace.

All of our carvings are unique and have special meaning. Whether you're looking for a carving for yourself or a loved one, we have the perfect one for you. Come take a look today!