Q: "Do I
need any previous experience or 'artistic
can't even draw it properly, will it turn out
A: Not at all. I guide you through
the process, it's very hands-on and straight
forward. I'm always there for help or advice were
Bone is a lovely and pleasant material to work
with, great if you haven't done anything like it
You will amaze and surprise yourself!
I miss out on the gorgeous Nelson
A: Oh yes, it will turn out amazing
and beautiful! It is much easier to get a real bone
carving nice and smooth with sandpaper and hand
tools, you will get it better than anyone could
Don't just take my word for it, check out the
'guest comments' page....
long will it take to finish the
A: We have a lovely secluded garden
area at the studio to sit outside for much of the
process to soak up the sun. There's a fair amount
of planning, coffee and tea drinking, lunch and
handwork, chatting and general having fun that we
can do outside.
Don't forget your sunscreen on days like
Bone carving is a great thing to do on any
Q: "Can I
incorporate a piece of Paua shell or wood into the
A: As every person and every design
is unique the time to finish a piece varies to some
Most of all: we've got enough time to get it
finished beautifully, to take the right decisions,
to learn and laugh along the way, to have a coffee
or tea and sit in the sun while you sand it
The average time to be finished with a piece is
around 3pm in the afternoon.
I've got two left hands and five thumbs on
A: Yes, often that's possible, I
don't charge extra for one piece to put in.
However, on some designs there's technical
limitations, it just doesn't fit or work with the
shape of carving or so. I give you advice on that
when you're here at the workshop and plan your
The photo on the homepage button (above left)
is a great example of how to put Paua shell into a
design in a great way that technically works
can I book?"
A: No worries, we do little
miracles on a daily basis... again, check out the
guest comments page, you're in great
Q: "Can I
just turn up at your workshop to join
A: Please phone 03 5464275, that's
the quickest and fastest way to secure a spot.
Usually in a minute we've talked through all the
details, you can request a pick-up free of charge
from accommodation in Nelson city etc.
You can also email for bookings, that can result in
a bit of back and forwarding of messages, so for
short notice and ease I recommend the good old
are your workshops available?"
A: You might miss out because it's
already fully booked or I may be not available on
that particular day for some reason. Just a quick
phone call, even short notice, is the way to go or
an email. Thanks.
many people will be there?"
A: Most of the time from Mondays to
Saturdays (in peak season), but it's a good idea to
phone for above reasons. In shoulder season I'm
usually available Mondays to Fridays.
Again, please inquire to find out for a specific
can I pay for a workshop?"
A: I like to keep groups small with
a max of 6 persons usually, so it's a great
personal environment which allows for amazing
carvings, a great experience and no stress along
Q: Can I
order Bone Carvings from you?"
A: To keep overhead costs and the
overall price down as much as possible please pay
cash on arrival at
I can't accept credit cards at workshop for that
reason, it would drive the price up
DVDs look interesting, I might get into it back home as
a hobby, will I be able to do it?"
A: Absolutely! It's a pleasure to
do commission work, I also have some finished
carvings usually on display at my studio, come and
have a browse!
Please visit my online gallery!
If you're ordering from overseas I offer secure
payments via PayPal, orders within NZ can be paid
by direct credit on National Bank account or NZ
A: You sure will be, those DVDs
give you a great headstart. I will show you through
the process step-by-step, very good close-up shots
explain everything in detail, every step is
They are based on 15 years of experience in running
The Foundation 2 DVD video set will get you on the way and
also explains cleaning of the bone and Paua shell,
basic tool set up without spending unneccessary
money. The Masterclass DVDs build on that and will get
you so much further, showing you the whole process
of creating a stunning twist and fantastic lashing
Most of all with the range of the four different
designs shown in DVDs you got a huge skill set for
a near endless design variety! Shipping cost is
included in the prices mentioned here.
I believe it's the best investment you can make to
get into bone carving and it will save you a lot of
money spent on the wrong things and avoid the most
painful 'trial and error' incidents...
I wish I would have had those when I started