How would it be when you come home from your New Zealand holiday with a necklace that you had carved yourself! Seize the oportunity when you are staying at Wairua Lodge and take part in a bone-carving course at Baycarving-Studio in Whitianga (15 minute’s drive from the lodge).
These mystical, Maori inspired necklaces are very popular with travellers to New Zealand as a personal keepsake or as a nice present for loved ones at home. Such necklaces, made of stone, greenstone or bone, used to be passed on from generation to generation in a tribe, accompanied by stories inspired by nature and elements of Maori mythology. Today, both Maori and non-Maori people wear these bone carvings – proudly displaying a connection to New Zealand’s nature and culture.
German born Roland, who lives and works in Whitianga, has been offering these basic bone carving courses for over ten years. Over the space of two hours, he expertly guides the participants through the process of making their very own, unique bone necklace. There are a number of popular designs to choose from, but it is also possible to use your own design. During the course you will use drills, sanders and polishing equipment to produce your chosen design – made from bleached and boiled cow bones (which Roland gets from a local supermarket!). First the design is drawn on the bone, then roughly cut out on the bandsaw. After that a fine drill is used to shape the piece more exactly and it is then polished by machine and finally by hand. Bone-carver Robert is at your side to help with the tricky bits and answer any questions that may arise. One final polish with a cloth and your very own, hand made souvenir is ready for you to take home. A lasting memory of your New Zealand adventure.
Courses can be arranged at short notice and to individual requirements. No prior knowledge is required. These courses are great for individuals, couples and families as an interesting, creative pastime and a fantastic wet weather alternative! Participants must be over 10 years of age.
Course costs: from $55 per person.