Sunday, February 22, 2009


wood and bone come together to make a Maori Uhi, used for Ta Moko (tattoo)  Traditionally handle (patu uhi)and striker(patu tangi) they were made out of a native wood called Matai and the chisels/needles (uhi whao) were fashioned out of and albatross wing bone. I carved this one using a hardwood called Bubinga, and for the chisels a section of a bovine femur.