Te tohunga whakairo (The master carver).

Toi whakairo (art carving) or just whakairo (carving) is a Māori traditional art of carving in wood, stone or bone.

According to the tradition of some tribes, carving was invented by Rauru, the son of a remote ancestor named Toi.

This project has the purpose to explore the aspects of this profession, honoured as “Tapu” (sacred) by the ancient Māori.

I’ll do my best to express the intimate link between the artists and their media, with the maximum respect for the traditions of this wonderful people. This is an evolving project, follow it!