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Puriri and Kahikatea Toki

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Project by kiwilynne posted 01-31-2020 02:11 AM 1294 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Maori toki is made of puriri wood with a kahikatea veneer highlight running all the way round. Puriri is an extremely hard wood and was traditionally used by Maori for making weapons and tools. Both puriri and kahikatea are endemic to New Zealand.

A symbol of courage and strength in times of adversity, toki were worn by Māori elders as a symbol of power, wisdom and authority.

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





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#1 posted 01-31-2020 08:04 AM

Nicely done Lynne, and I find that your explanation of the types of wood, and their traditional uses, to be very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Very nice cord work also.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 01-31-2020 11:16 AM

That is interesting. Nice story too

-- Petey

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#3 posted 01-31-2020 01:48 PM

That’s very nice. I appreciate the history. I can’t quite get a sense of scale. How big is it?

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#4 posted 01-31-2020 03:04 PM

Beautiful project and interesting information Lynne. Nice photography as well.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#5 posted 01-31-2020 04:55 PM

Thanks all :)


That s very nice. I appreciate the history. I can t quite get a sense of scale. How big is it?

- swirt

This one is 5.5 cm in length, 2.5 cm across. They can be smaller or larger.

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

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#6 posted 02-01-2020 05:44 PM

Hi Lynne. Those are some strange woods to my ear, but the end product is beautiful!!

Cheers, JIm

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

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