|The face of a finished Hoe, paua shell eyes and the gorgeous awa (river in the background)|
|Chiseling a hoe blade|
Using natives pieces of Kauri (and for a few not so native radiata pine), I made a set of paddles, all from single chunks of gorgeously grained and strong wood. The first Hoe I made, depicted in the first picture and below, was cut with a chainsaw but then shaped using adze, plain, my knife and a rasp, making it a pretty much hand-tooled piece. Following a ceremonial hoe design that Hector showed me, I have a curve in the shaft and an extremely long blade. For the handle, I carved an eight-point star, my personal crafting symbol, as well as a turtle shell.
|Making sure the centerline is correct is priority number one (thanks Opo!)|
|A marlin carved onto a hoe for my good ol' uncle Gavin|
|Grinding the hoe shaft for a tripple curve|
|Gavin's finished Hoe looking to the sky|
|The eight point star on the handle of my hoe|
I realize the pictures are a little out of order but I was too excited to show the finished product. For one week, Opo and I stayed up late into the nights carving. That was a powerful experience, being so deeply involved in the work.
|Drawn face, ready to carve|
|Adzing the blade thinner|
|Opo's finished paddle in-front of our newly lashed Waka|