DERECHO - a beautiful New Zealand Jade Toki hand carved for us by Sheree Warren.
This is a wonderful carving of the revered Māori adze. We've named it DERECHO after the wind storm that can cause tornadoes, heavy storms and flash floods - it's unexpected and just a little dangerous!
This piece is carved from a deep green piece of New Zealand pounamu - it is a real beauty!
We have two if these, carved from the same piece of stone. One we've plaited in a wapiti brown cord and carried the brown colour into the binding at the top of the Toki. The other is bound with a Manuka Green cord. The overall effect is to contrast the beautiful green in the pounamu without taking anything away from it.
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The toki, or adze, is a symbol of strength. In pre-iron age times it was a key survival tool, so the owner of a good one was believed to be strong and powerful. In early Aotearoa/New Zealand, the adze was used to carve ocean-going waka (sea canoes) and to build meeting houses so they played a central role in traditional life of māori.
The jade used to carve DERECHO came from the West Coast on New Zealand's South Island. It was been created in the alpine fault and was shaped and given further character in our alpine rivers.
The toki is traditionally worn for strength and courage - to assist through life's challenges.
We also include one of our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind the Toki design.
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Meaning: Courage ~ Wisdom ~ Authority
Artist: Sheree Warren
Material: New Zealand Jade (Pounamu)
Finish: Burnished Matte
Cord: Wapiti Brown Cord with Wapiti Brown Binding; Length: Adjustable
Size: 50mm (2") long, 26mm (1") wide