Title: Te Toi Whakairo
The Art of Maori Carving
Author: Hirini Moko Mead
Specs: 242 x 182 mm portrait, PB, 276 pp, b&w
Published: September 2015
Woodcarving is one of the supreme expressions of New Zealand identity. Beginning with carving’s
mythical origins, Te Toi Whakairo explores the evolution of styles and techniques through the four main
artistic periods to the present day, and provides detailed explanations of carving styles in different parts of
the country, using examples from meeting houses and leading artists.
Later chapters delve into the main structures, forms and motifs, and the role of the woodcarver, and
explore the status of the art in contemporary New Zealand. Practical guidance is given for use of
materials, tools, techniques, surface and background decoration, the human figure, and carving poupou.