BEACHCOMBER | Matakupenga MasterCarver Fish Hook
This Matakupenga design is designed by Jeff Bryan from Norsewood, New Zealand. This New Zealand made Bone carving incorporates the net pattern which binds the living together and links them to the life force of the ones who have passed on. This necklace measures 55mm x30mm and hangs from an adjustable plaited cord. The necklace comes in its own box with meaning card making a perfect memory of New Zealand and its culture.
Designed by Jeff Bryan and carved in Carterton New Zealand by our Craftsman Carvers.
Hei Matau (Fish Hook)
The fish hook was an important resource for Maori, as the sea provided a rich source of food. In Maori mythology, New Zealand was fished up out of the sea by Maui. The fish hook signifies abundance and plenty, strength and determination. It is believed to bring peace, prosperity and good health. It is a device for catching good luck and energy, and is believed to provide safe journey over water. It is therefore considered a good luck charm by travellers, boaties, fishermen and surfers.
NZ Dimensions | BeachComber
Our handcarved bone pendants are created by skilled New Zealand craftspeople. Each piece is produced in consultation with local master carvers and is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional design and carries the folklore and symbology of our indigenous culture. First the shapes are marked onto beef bone which has been thoroughly cleaned to remove all traces of fats and oils. Then a bandsaw is used to cut out the rough shape which is then refined on a sanding wheel. The intricate design details are then cut with a scroll saw and finished using rotary files. After carving, the pendant is tumble polished for approximately 6 days through a series of progressively finer grades. Many of our carvings feature tattoo style designs which are engraved into the surface using a laser. After final quality control each pendant has a waxed cord and paua toggle. Each pendant passes through 6-10 pairs of hands on its journey through our factory.