Mountain Jade Studio
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Mountain Jade Studio

Inside the Mountain Jade workshop, talented pounamu carvers call on specialist skills to transform raw stone into carved art. 

 

"Working with pounamu remains a remarkably hands on process."

 

Hokitika Mountain Jade

Mountain Jade Workshop

Between them, the carvers cut the rock with the grain before it is closely examined or "read" to decide how best to utilise its natural beauty, taking account of any faults or fractures. It is then sliced, marked, trimmed and transformed into pounamu jewellery or sculpture. Each carver focuses on a particular talent, whether that means specialising in design or honing the skill and patience needed to work with hand tools. One carver has more than 30 years experience 'reading' raw stone and the final polishing work requires careful handling too. These carvers may have set aside the traditional tools of their ancestors but they continue to utilise generations of knowledge as well as modern technology in their work.

 

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