Commissions

daugher and father holding whanau taonga

If you are looking for that unique piece to mark a special occasion, a gift for that someone who deserves a treasure designed made just for them, rings to symbolise your eternal bond, or a piece specially crafted to tell your story, your way, then you have come to the right place. As hand carvers we work each piece from source to completion, and are able to provide you with a truly unique, custom made taonga to be treasured forever.

Our favourite part of this mahi is being able to work with you to design and create a piece that is just right for your needs. We feel honoured to be chosen as a part of that journey.

If you already have stone we are happy to work that for you, or you can select from the variety of stone we have available here. Do you see a particular stone you like in our shop but would prefer it in another shape? Contact us and we can check if that taonga is still available to make your piece.

Needing a pendant repaired, restrung or reworked?  We are happy to oblige.

The first step is to get in touch

The first step in the commission process is for you to contact us, we will then ask you a few questions and go from there.

If you are in the Nelson area give us a call and arrange a time to come visit our studio. You can see and touch the different stone we have available, and select your own piece. We can then sit down and chat about your visions over a cuppa (or a wine/beer if that suits you better).

Our Pounamu is unique in it’s colours, patterns and mineral makeup. No two slices are ever the same. Because of this you can be assured that your piece is truly one of a kind.

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Carrying the wairua of your Whānau

Whānau stones are a true treasure, reflecting your whanaū bond in an immortal taonga.

The basic concept is using one stone taonga and sharing the pieces around the family, for past, present and future generations.

Newly weds might select a stone taonga, have a pendant carved for themselves and keep the rest of the taonga to be carved for their children when they are born.

We have whānau come to us with a stone that has been passed down through the generations. This stone can be cut and taonga carved for each whānau member to carry. For one family Tim designed a series of 5 disc pendants from a single slice so they would all fit within one another like jigsaw pieces.

Whānau memorial stones have been gifted to whole hapu and iwi in recognition of their support, collaboration and for the healing of rifts.

We can also insert whakapapa holes and notches onto your piece to symbolise family members who are important to you, parents, grandparents, siblings, children....

Timoti really enjoys working with whānau to design a piece that reflects your vision for your whānau.

 

Tim and Morganne, I want to introduce you to Vicky Whitlock. Last night we finally gave her the beautiful Taonga you created for her. I know you said you wanted photos of the ceremony but Vicky was crying and wouldn't let us take photos. I can tell you she absolutely loves it, a true hit!!

Thank you again for taking the time to create a truly magical piece,
we appreciated being able to thank Vicky for her leadership with such an amazing piece.

Scott Wentworth
Business Development Manager - Market Development, NZ Trade And Enterprise

Vicky Whitelock wearing her pounamu pendant
Te waka ā Maui

I wanted to say a huge thank you for creating something so beautiful and meaningful.  I was truly touched by how much thought went into this gift and I will treasure it always. Thank you so much.
Kindest regards.
Vicky Whitlock - Trade Commissioner

Te Waka a Māui Pounamu pendant

Stern post of Te Waka a Māui, representing leadership, strength and forward movement in to new adventures and lands. When the pendant is housed on the stern post it represents a furled sail.  When it is worn it becomes a hoe (paddle).

The pendant is made from beautiful light green Inanga Pounamu. The stern post is carved from 170 year old heritage English Oak, one of the first planted by pioneers in the Nelson region.  The base is carved out of 700 year old Totara reclaimed from the river.

“We wanted a gift, a thank you for someone’s time and care. We also wanted something that was true, solid, organic, from times beginning, zero waste. We loved that we gave Tim the briefest brief and he came back with something so beautiful. So excited to be the giver of such a special piece of art and love.”
Ingrid Daff

jade music note commission for piano teacher

What folks are saying

"Thank you so much for my beautiful blue pounamu! It was love on first sight when I saw it on your website. I love stones of all kinds, be it rock or gemstones and particularly pounamu.

There are many reasons I am so happy to have this blue toki, one is because it comes from near the area I have lived myself in Nelson (even if for a short time) and another because I feel it links me to NZ and said area in a special way. Also it is important to me how things are made, it translates if they are made with love and respect and you guys do that!
The shipment arrived safely and unexpectedly quick in the UK!

I can't thank you enough for this beautiful piece of art and nature in perfect harmony! Maha nga mihi."
- Aneta S, UK

"My family and I travelled to the USA to visit with extended family and wanted to take a gift from New Zealand that really had significance and meaning. Timoti made us a set of beautiful pounamu pendants for the 3 adults and 3 children in our extended family. Made from the same stone the gifting of these was received with intense emotion and really connected our family across the distance of the oceans. Our family immediately wore these and have rarely taken then off.

Knowing we are always connected in this way has been a true blessing. Thank you Timoti for creating such a meaningful and special taonga for us to share."
- M Tukana

Tell us your story

We would love to hear your story and match it to a stone and a shape for you.