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Bone Carving in Mokau

Bone Carving in Mokau
Date: Friday, 19th April to Monday, 22nd April 2019
Time: 6pm Start
Location: Mokau Community Hall

What’s the buzz at Mokau this Easter weekend? Starting Friday night 19th April, the Mokau Community Hall will be filled with over 30 carvers of all skill levels from beginners to experts.

Nowhere else in New Zealand will you see such a large collection of bone carvers working together in one place. For three consecutive years, ‘Mokau Bone Carving’ has hosted carvers from across Aotearoa New Zealand and this year’s event is shaping up to be the best yet.

Carvers will be engaged in all stages of their craft, from bone preparation and design to finishing pieces and learning how to attach the lashing. Carvers range from teenagers to seniors and the atmosphere will be friendly and informal, carving styles will range from contemporary to traditional. Feel free to come, browse and purchase. You also have the opportunity to commission that special piece.

Friday night kicks off with a shared community dinner at 6pm followed by a keynote address by renowned master carver Owen Mapp at 7pm. Owen is our special guest and mentor, recognised in the 2019 Honours List for Maori Carving and Bone Art. Owen is New Zealand’s most prominent carver with 50 years’ experience. He travels each year to both exhibit internationally and to teach. His works are held in public and private collections around the world. The Easter bone carving workshop at Mokau is a rare opportunity for the public to meet Owen, view his pieces and watch him at work.

Entry to view the carving is free thanks to the generous support of the Waitomo District Council and Creative Communities Waikato.

View mokau bone carving facebook page to get a preview of the bone carving you will see; ‘like’ the page and you will receive up to date posts. Come to Mokau and make a day to remember.

For further information, contact event organiser, Mike Brown [email protected] mob 027 2236 138