The Toki was one of the most important tool for Māori and were used for any number of everyday jobs such cutting down trees, carving out waka, digging ground, Moa hunting and food preparations. Because the toki had to be strong to endure the cutting and scraping motions of its use it became a symbol of strength(particularity in time of adversity), courage and fortitude. It was also worn by elders as a symbol of power, wisdom and authority.
Taonga by Timoti
People before profit, Papatuanuku before profit, integrity before profit.
Taonga By Timoti sources and carves taonga from Nelson awa, including Pounamu, Pakohe (Arigillite) and Garnet. Timoti likes to turn his hand to carving rakau (wood) on occassion too. Our taonga are truly unique as each stone, and indeed each slice of stone, is not like any other so we get to make beautiful pieces that will never be repeated.
We are a whanau business, owned and run by Timoti (the carver extraordinaire) and Morganne (the wife who does everything else). We love the taonga, we love the awa and we love the life we get to live through carving. We believe as humans we are part of the natural world—it is a symbiotic relationship.
If you are in Nelson we always enjoy meeting our customers too so give us a call and come share stone love with us. When you buy a Taonga from Timoti you know you have a taonga that is hand carved, with love.