Bone carving workshop

The Tainui Historical Society presents the inaugural Bone Carving Workshop with special guest Steve Myhre.

  • When Fri 14 Apr 2017, 9:00am–Mon 17 Apr 2017, 5:00pm
  • Where
    Mokau Hall, 28 North Rd, Mokau
  • Cost $35

Steve is a carver, teacher and author of the ground breaking book 'Bone Carving – a skill base of techniques and concepts'. He has carved in bone and stone since the 1970s and exhibited throughout NZ as well as internationally. View Steve’s website to see more examples of his work.

This workshop is tailored to existing bone carvers who want to develop their skills and learn new techniques.

Steve will give an historical overview of bone carving, show items in his collection and work alongside you in making bone pieces. His insights into design, both traditional and contemporary, will stimulate new ideas and works. As well as demonstrating the use of electric tools, Steve will share his expertise in hand tooling, whipping and lashing.

You will need to bring your own carving equipment and bone, though a limited supply of both will be made available by the organisers.

The workshop will be held at the Mokau Hall, which is opposite the Mokau Museum.


Friday 14 April

  • Craft Fair in Mokau Hall.  Carvers may bring bone pieces to sell. Contact Heidi Preston, (06) 752 9780.
  • Keynote address by Stephen Myhre, 7pm in Mokau Hall. No charge.

Saturday 15 April

  • 9:00am: Greeting and walk through at Mokau Museum. Proceed to Mokau Hall for workshops.

Sunday 16 April

  • 9:00am: Meet at Mokau Hall for workshops

Monday 17 April

  • Conclusion to workshops and final farewell

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Registration by email to by Monday April 2017

Enquiries to Mike Brown: or (027) 223 6138

Mokau Museum gratefully acknowledges the Waitomo District Council for its support of this event.