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Taonga Puoro

... or traditional Maori musical instruments.

As a musician, Ian combines his love of carving with a study of the traditional Maori musical instruments. The following are a sample of the things Ian's created.


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If you don't see what you like but recognize the quality and workmanship, I accept commissions. E-mail for more information.

"Price tags" are shown to let you know what carvings are available and at what price. Please note that items are being sold all the time so it is imperative that you confirm availability (and the charge for pack & post to you). Only then should payment be made via the Orders Page or via PayPal (via link in the confirmation e-mail).


 $350

Koauau Trinity
Koauau Trinity

 $350

Purerehua Pou
Purerehua Pou

 $400

PurerehuaWhale
Purerehua Whale

 $350

Karanga Manu - Pounamu
"Karanga Manu"
(Pounamu)

 $800

koauau-kaimoana-greywacke
"Koauau Kaimoana"
(Greywacke)

 $150

Koauau - Ostrich Bbone
"Koauau"
(Ostrich Bone)

 $400

Putorino with Moko
Putorino with Moko
(Ostrich bone)

 $450

Koauau with weave and Paua, Ostrich bone
Koauau with Weave and Paua
(Ostrich bone)

 $1200

Koauau - Pounamu
Koauau
(Pounamu)

 $300

Koauau with Scales - Red Gum
Koauau with Scales
(Red Gum)

 $450

Nguru Fantail - Granite
Nguru Fantail
(Granite)

 $500

Nguru - Whaletooth
Nguru
(Whaletooth)

 $250

Porotiti - Maire
Porotiti
(Maire)

 $300

Porotiti - Whalebone
Porotiti
(Whalebone)

 $500

Nguru, Hahei Petrified Wood
Nguru
(Hahei Petrified Wood)

 $400

Nguru, Nelson Soapstone
Nguru
(Nelson Soapstone)

 $450

Purerehua - Takaka Marble
Purerehua
(Takaka Marble)

 $1400

Putatara - Conch and - Kauri
Putatara
(Conch and Kauri)

 $700

Woven Koauau - Ostrich Bone
Woven Koauau
(Ostrich Bone)

 $500

Pounamu Purerehua
Pounamu Purerehua

 $400

Koauau Weave
Koauau Weave

 $400

Growing Together
Puupuu Pounamu
Koauau Iwi Moa (ostrich egg)
Koauau Iwi Moa
(ostrich egg)

... and then there's:

Koauau Iwi Moa/Kiwi

This is an exciting rediscovery I made recently whilst making some of these instruments. I had an emu egg on my bench partially carved and it occurred to me to see if it could make a sound. I added an extra hole at the opposite end to the blow hole and a couple of small ones on the side. The sound is awesome! I asked Hirini Melbourne, an expert on Maori instruments, if he had any knowledge of moa or kiwi eggs being uses as koauau. He didn't but a week later, he rang and told me of an archaeologist's discovery of kiwi egg fragments with holes in them. I then obtained some ostrich eggs and the beautiful sound confirmed the strong likelihood that eggs were used for this purpose. Hopefully, this will become a valued addition to the revival of the use and knowledge of Taonga Puoro.


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