Te Toi Whakairo: The Art of Maori Carving

Paperback: $30.00
ISBN-13: 9780947506377
Published: September 2020

Additional Information

276 pages | 150 b&w illustrations
  • About the Book
  • Te Toi Whakairo is the definitive introduction to Maori woodcarving. It explores the evolution of styles and techniques, and provides detailed explanations of styles in different parts of Aotearoa New Zealand. Later chapters delve into the main structures, forms and motifs, the role of the woodcarver, modern art forms, and practical guidance for use of materials, tools, techniques, surface and background decoration.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Hirini Moko Mead, Author

      Sir Hirini Moko Mead is a pre-eminent Māori writer, commentator and scholar. In the course of a distinguished academic career he authored numerous books on Māori art (including Te Toi Whakairo: The Art of Maori Carving, with Oratia Books) and developed the first Department of Māori Studies in the country at Victoria University. He was knighted in 2009 for services to Māori and education. A leader of his iwi (tribe) Ngāti Awa, he lives in Wellington, New Zealand.