Growing up on a farm in the Waikato, Ian Blackwell's father taught him about the value and versatility of timber. After sanding back a bit of old Rimu one day Ian fell in love with native NZ timbers. Rimu continues to be his personal timber of choice, providing a unique , striking and contrasting grain unlike any other.
A carpentry and cabinet making apprenticeship led Ian into a career working with wood. Developing his technical skills and gaining experience over the years only fuels a love of working with timber and as a result he has developed a hand finished range to be truly proud of.
Today Ian is lucky enough to call the rugged West Coast of the North Island home and together with the his production team, they are proud that all of their wooden products are lovingly created and distributed by our talented team in Riverton (30 minutes West of Invercargill).
Cut using the latest laser technology every product is then assembled and finished by hand. You can be sure that every one of our pieces has been put together with great care, attention to detail and the Pride of the South!
Timber Arts take the natural beauty of New Zealand's native wood and crafts it into gifts of distinction.
For 20 years, Timber Arts has been handcrafting items from native timbers with their work being enjoyed all over the world thus earning them a reputation for high quality workmanship.
The New Zealand forest is a production of nature found in no other land, and Timber Arts work with a range of 19 native timbers, using the different colours and grains to produce a unparalleled finish and unique pieces.
Wood has always been an important part of human existence. Today, the timbers of our forests are a treasured national resource and are justifiably protected. In creating works of art from each small piece of wood used, the Timber Arts craftspeople place a true value on our forest heritage.
What do kiwi birds, sheep, dinosaurs, kangaroos and elephants all have in common? They all feature in Tarata's Balancing Act wooden puzzles.
Since 1983 these challenging puzzles have been handcrafted by a team in Christchurch from farm forested timber. Tarata's fun puzzles will challenge your skills, dexterity and patience as you try to balance them. It's simply a matter of holding your tongue in the right place!
Each set comes in a lovely gift box with full instructions and a challenging configuration card showing approximately 20 of the literally 100's of possible ways of balancing each set of animals.
Balancing Act puzzles are a fun and educational game that is suitable for all ages. A great gift idea as the benefits of playing with the animals are numerous and impressive, for both creative and scientific minds.
How many animals will you be able to balance?
Our newest artistic space, Two Tusk Gallery, had a successful opening for the Pieces of Wood exhibition this past Saturday.
This beautiful and spiritually moving exhibition brings together a group of eight emerging New Zealand artists whose work with wood is aimed at challenging your heart, mind and soul. These mystical explorations in wood include sculptures, paintings and traditional Maori carvings.
The gathered crowd were treated to a heartfelt and humbling karakia (blessing) by contributing artist Warren Castle, followed by two more friendly hello's by sculptor Geoff Irving and painter Mark Graham,
Thank you to those who were part of this special day and we invite you all to come along with an open mind, and perhaps have your perspective on art changed forever.
Pieces of Wood is open to the public for seven days, up to and including 30 July.
Look into the history of New Zealand and you’ll find an intrinsic relationship with wood. From the ancient Maori through to today’s creative talents, working with wood takes more than just artistry; you must work with the knots and grain, and tease the timber into revealing itself to you.
Two Tusk Gallery, our newest artistic space, is proud to present Pieces of Wood; a group exhibition of emerging New Zealand artists whose work with wood is aimed at challenging your heart, mind and soul. These mystical explorations in wood include sculptures, paintings and traditional Maori carvings.
Pieces of Wood is open to the public from Saturday the 10th of June to the 30th of July, with an intimate exhibition opening on the Saturday afternoon from 3pm ~ all are welcome. Come with an open mind and perhaps your perspective on art will be forever changed.
Two Tusk Gallery is dedicated to promoting local artists and their work. It is our vision to become THE place in Auckland for people to purchase original New Zealand art for under $1000.
Mystical stories in wood, Eternal in the Past, Eternal in the future!
Geoff Irving is a woodwork teacher in Ngaruawahia. He lives and crafts his work in Hamilton and relaxes in Raglan.
He completed a three year Woodturning Trade course at the Ultimo T.A.F.E. in 1984 and a degree in Design at the U.T.S. Upon his return to Aotearoa, Geoff was strongly influenced by the wairua/spirit of Maori Art and Whakairo /wood carving.
When creating his sculptural pieces, Geoff likes to interweave this influence with the mystical writings of the 19th Century Persian Prophet Baha’u’llah, “The ancient Faith of the Maori was carved in wood and stone and will continue to shape the identity of all those fortunate to call these wonderful Islands home.”
The pulse of this ancient Faith is renewed from age to age.
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