My Story


My journey into carving began in Perth, 1986 where I was inspired to just ‘give it a go’ (using a hack saw and file) after being gifted a beef bone hook. 

Upon moving back to New Zealand a few years later and investing in some machinery, I met a local bone carver who taught me the basic of bone carving. I began selling my carvings at local markets where I met Charlie Wilson, a very skilled carver. Charlie helped me to refine and expand my carvings skills, and I began to carve in whale bone. I went on to sell to well known carver, Hepi Maxwell at Te Puia in Rotorua, where I gained recognition for my work. Since then, my work has been featured on many popular websites and in a number of national and international galleries and museums.

I now work only in Greenstone (Pounamu) as this is where my passion and expertise lie. I contract carve for a select few business partners, and when I am not busy doing this, I am creating the the pieces you see here. 

It is my aim to create beautiful, unique and perfectly finished pendants from top quality New Zealand Greenstone, which I can showcase and sell here at Shane MacIntosh Greenstone.