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Tawa Hei Toki (Adze)

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Project by kiwilynne posted 11-11-2019 04:19 AM 668 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished this hei toki from some awesomely flecked tawa over the week-end as the rain kicked in.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.





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muesli

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#1 posted 11-11-2019 02:57 PM

Looks so beautiful!
I had to have a look on your other projects. Wonderful! You are a great artist!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#2 posted 11-11-2019 03:22 PM

It looks nice, but I’m afraid I can’t really appreciate it since I don’t know what it is. I looked up the term “tawa hei toki” and it looks like it might be a piece of jewelry. I am pretty sure that it’s not an adze though. Can you give me an idea of the scale of the piece? I’m really not trying to be “that guy” but . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 11-11-2019 04:50 PM

Ha, so I am not the only one. Had to look it up too.
Tawa is a wood and for hei toki I found:
“The Hei toki is a representation of the adze, an important tool of times past. Bound in a traditional manner, the Toki represents strength, determination and authority.”


It looks nice, but I m afraid I can t really appreciate it since I don t know what it is. I looked up the term “tawa hei toki” and it looks like it might be a piece of jewelry. I am pretty sure that it s not an adze though. Can you give me an idea of the scale of the piece? I m really not trying to be “that guy” but . . .

- Don Broussard


-- Uwe from Germany.

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#4 posted 11-11-2019 04:51 PM



It looks nice, but I m afraid I can t really appreciate it since I don t know what it is. I looked up the term “tawa hei toki” and it looks like it might be a piece of jewelry. I am pretty sure that it s not an adze though. Can you give me an idea of the scale of the piece? I m really not trying to be “that guy” but . . .

- Don Broussard


i have to admit the same?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 11-11-2019 05:57 PM

Cool piece, Lynne!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 11-11-2019 05:58 PM

I’m with you guys, had to look it up. No matter what it is, it sure has some style to it and the wood is very nice. Good job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 11-11-2019 06:01 PM

Heya,

Uwe – thank you for your kind words :)

Tawa is timber native to New Zealand. Toki were traditionally carved from greenstone/pounamu (NZ jade) by Maori and used as the head of an adze. Here’s an example: https://teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/386/waiwharangi-the-greenstone-adze

Don – the toki here is about 9cm in length, 2cm across. Toki are today primarily worn aesthetically, and carved from a variety of materials, including greenstone, bone, and wood.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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Don Broussard

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#8 posted 11-11-2019 07:45 PM

Lynne—Thanks for the follow up information. I learned something today!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#9 posted 11-11-2019 08:01 PM



Lynne—Thanks for the follow up information. I learned something today!

- Don Broussard

No worries, mate :)

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#10 posted 11-16-2019 09:20 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 11-17-2019 05:48 PM



Nice job and congratulations on your Daily Top 3 award.

- Grumpy

Thank you! :)

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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