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On a visit to Stewart Island recently, I decided to book to have a go at carving "Green Stone". I've always been a fan of this beautiful stone. I arrived at the studio and having been fitted with an apron. I picked a stone from...More
One of the best things we did on Stewart Island!
Dave is a master carver and storyteller. You get to pick from his wide selection of beautiful pounamu (greenstone/jade) from all over NZ, and he carefully guides you through the process for cutting/shaping/polishing. Dave and...More
You will have the experience of making a real piece of jade jewelry with the help of Dave. Need to get there by 11:00 to make sure you have plenty of time to make your piece. He has all everything from the simple to the...More
My friend and I had a wonderful day carving our own Pounamu (green stone, jade) pendant. Under Dave’s direction we chose our stone, cut and polished our pendants. It took a few hours with a lunch break and we were delighted with our pendants. Thank...More
I took my 14 year old son and we both made ponamu pendants with Dave's instructions. Very laid-back guy and a great teacher. Some reviews have commented on the expense but I think that for 4-5 hours of instruction plus the greenstone it's quite a...More
I'm personally not a very artistic person but was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this day! Really happy with the end result. Came with the expectation that anything I would create would look pitiful at best, so this proves that anyone can do...More
We visited on a cloudy/rainy afternoon and ended up doing the actual workshop! It was excellent! Dave is a real craftsman and artist, and great teacher. Normally you need to book ahead but Dave had some time to slot us in. Allow four hours, or...More