A friend of ours has been carving, from wood, bone, anything he can get his hands on for years. He is also the owner of a K-approved cafe. We went there one evening, during the summer, and he was wearing his own handmade maori pendant.
He says that he watched a few youtube videos, especially on how to treat the bone and then started carving. I've seen his work before and wanted to buy something but he does it for himself and the satisfaction of creating these wonderful pieces. I have no maori blood, I am not an artist but I can tell his work is excellent.
V has no maori connection either, has never been to NZ
This is the piece he was wearing that night
Carving on a cuttlefish bone
He's an old friend and is happy to show his masterpieces to me. This one he gave to me and I have it on show inside a clear glass so it won't get damaged