I'm thrilled to be able to offer you this very finely carved Maori walking stick (tokotoko), carved by Ted Hatchwell of Waikato, New Zealand.
Ted is a retired gentleman who was in the New Zealand Army, based at Waiouru. Whilst based at Waiouru, Ted decided to take up a hobby, and the hobby he chose was carving walking sticks. Honing his skills over many years, Ted now also paints and sculpts.
The quality of workmanship can easily be seen in this walking stick, particularly in the fine carving, and the delightful barley twist.
At the top of the walking stick is a Maori tekoteko ( full human) figure, complete with paua shell eyes and jutting tongue. The tekoteko is a human-like figure most commonly placed on the gable of a house or gateway, and is there to ward away evil spirits. Below the tekoteko, the shaft is carved in traditional Maori korus and spirals. The walking stick is carved on all sides.
This Maori walking stick is made from Tawa, a native New Zealand hardwood. Standing 36" (91.5cm) tall, it is finished with a rubber foot.
In Maori tradition, the Tokotoko (a ceremonial carved walking stick) is a symbol of the authority and the status of a speaker on the Maori marae (meeting ground), and it tells of the history from which that authority comes. The carving may represent an ancestor or a legend. I have fond memories of seeing great Maori orators swinging their tokotoko about to make a point in their speech.
When you receive this walking stick you will be able to see and feel the wonderful craftsmanship, and marvel in the handiwork. To future generations, it will be a treasured heirloom.
Hand made in New Zealand, and shipped worldwide.
Feedback about this stick from a customer:
"Hi Lesley, received the Tokotoko this morning. Many many thanks. Your service is outstanding and I am absolutely elated with the Cane. Have a wonderful happy day, regards Dennis". Australia 10 May 2011
"Ted Hatchwell's Barley Twist Tokotoko was truly an awsome gift. A beautiful surprise, such a stunning work of Maori art/carving. This no doubt will be a family heir loom". 29 Sept 2018
Shipping Times during Covid-19
Currently (January 2021), Airmail to Australia and the USA is taking about 5 weeks, and Airmail to the UK and Europe is taking 6-7 weeks. Airmail to South America is at least 8 weeks, and allow up to 12 weeks.
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