I began carving when I was twelve and used to bus into the memorial museum in Auckland from Howick to visit the Maori exhibitions and to draw what I saw. I was most fortunate to be noticed by a curator who then allowed me access to the archives where I could view, what seemed to me to be, innumerable treasures. I just couldn’t wait to get home and carve with my 12 piece Marples chisel set.
I trained to teach and taught for 45 years including my last 12 as a principal. While a principal I completed an BMVA Whakairo. I retired in mid 2018 and followed my friend and mentor into working for Sands Carving Studio.
I have a huge passion for carving wood and now stone and whale bone. Every day is looked forward to and never a phone call or complaint!