TODD SHERIDAN ARTIST is back in the studio in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa

News — carving

Whakairo

My earliest memories of whakairo go back to childhood times attending tangihanga at the local marae. As kids, we weren’t expected to tend to the formalities of the occasion and would promptly disappear. But there were times when inside the wharenui that I would ponder the rationale surrounding these massive ‘ancient’ forms standing erect around the interior walls of the house. I recall thinking that the carvings looked from another world and it was around this time that the idea of learning to carve came to mind. As a people with a history of passing on information from generation to generation,...