Rakai Jade

Rakai Jade, Rotorua: Address, Phone Number, Rakai Jade Reviews: 4.5/5

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Palmerston North, New Zealand119 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
I recently took up the opertunity to participate in a carve your own pounamu activity.
This was an staining, fun and satisfying thing to do. At $190 for the day, lunch included I designed my piece was given a stone to put it on then guided through the process of ponamu carving from cutting and shaping right through to carving and polishing my piece. I did 2 days of carving with Charlie Marsh, he is an excellent carver and teacher. The whole team there were amaizing, and friendly, they all treat you like part of the team. At the end of the day I left with my own carving to wear or gift to someone that would easily cost 2 to 3 times the cost of the days activity. When ever I return to the shop it's like being part of their family and they are all happy to pass on knowledge. Each time I return they pass on more knowledge.
I'd recommend this as a solo or small 2 to 3 person group activity.
Written 24 May 2021
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Margot J
Leithfield, New Zealand20 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I have always wanted to carve my own piece of jade and did so under the guidance of expert jade carver Lewis Gardiner.
I enjoyed the experience and have now done my third piece there.
it is possible to do a piece in a day but the longer you take the more amazing the outcome, so if you have the time spare a couple of days!
Written 14 May 2018
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