Located just a short drive north from Punakaiki, the ‘Skeleton Crew Bone Carving Studio’ offer half day workshops on learning the art and techniques of bone carving. With Karen & Dana’s expert guidance you can enjoy creating and designing your own personalised souvenir of New Zealand.
You can choose from traditional designs. or create your own, the crew will assist you step by step throughout the process and you will be amazed at what you can create and do.
The workshop day starts by selecting a stencil of the carving you want to make or design your own.
The fish hook design is a popular choice and according to legend means strength, determination, harmony, prosperity, good health and safe journeys over water, which just about covers everything for your travels around New Zealand.
Having chosen your design, you then draw your design onto a piece of bone, The crew will then trim your bone down a bit and show you how to start creating your own bone carving, moving to various machines, rounding off the edges and then its time for lots of sanding with different coarse grades of sandpaper, a final polish on the machine and you have your own individual pendant