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Taonga Taniwha Tepu
2012 - Year of the Dragon
Carved by Joe Te Wharau McEnteer -

This one of kind, hand carved table is made from the finest ancient timber on the planet. Crafted from gold infused ancient swamp Kauri recovered from peat swamps deep in the New Zealand rain forest, the timber once grew on top a rich, fertile volcanic landscape absorbing precious minerals over thousands of years.

A double sided, free floating table top and carved single piece base, inlaid with a variety of naturally occurring treasures and hidden details exhibiting the beauty of Aotearoa. Finished in linseed oil and epoxy resin providing the perfect mixture of natural fleshy surfaces and hard protected edges.

Made from Ancient New Zealand Kauri
Over 6500 year old timber
2600mm x 800mm x 780mm (LxWxH) - 150kg
Excellent condition, maintained with linseed oil and fine grit sandpaper.

Kia Ora,

In my mid-twenties as kind of a coming of age experience, I went into the wild to live off land. The place I went to is a rain forest located in Hauraki, New Zealand. It is a place special to my Iwi: Ngati Maru (My Maori Tribe). During my time in the rain forest I did a lot of exploring both of the land and of my spirit. It was through these experiences that Papatuanuku told me to create a great Taniwha and gifted me this special timber.

Over a year in crafting, I've embedded within its details an encoded map. For the adventurous at heart, here is a secret that still waits lying undiscovered. You must have a keen eye and a curious mind, an intrepid journey that will lead you on an adventure of your own, deep into the wild to a place not visited by many. For the one that gives my beloved creation a new home, I give you something that you could never buy with money alone.

I look forward to meeting you one day.

Nga Mihi

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  • International Sea Freight > 30-90 Days$995.00
  • National Frieght > 15-30 Days$695.00
  • Packing Only > Arrange your own shipping$445.00
  • Seller does not allow pick-ups
  • Seller location: Te Puke, Bay of Plenty, NZ

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