Introduction to Carving

Wikuki Kingi and Tania Wolfgramm

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This workshop will focus on the design, construction, and carving of traditional Waka Hoe or wooden paddles using both hand and power tools. Starting with an introduction to carving, Wikuki will work with participants to create their own paddle and understand its use, form, and function.

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What you will learn
  • This workshop will focus on the design, construction, and carving of traditional Waka Hoe or wooden paddles.
What you will get
  • Expert tuition from an experienced teacher!
  • Includes most materials.

What to bring
  • 1 pair of work gloves & Earplugs
  • Bring your own tool kit if you have equipment such as rasps or chisels that you like to work with as they may be useful.
  • Covered toe footwear.
What to wear


Appropriate for

Adults Class

Refund Policy


o   An administration fee of $20 per booking applies to all refunds.

o   A FULL refund (less Admin fee) will be given if you withdraw from a class/workshop 5 working days or more before the start date

o   NO refund will be given if you withdraw from a class/workshop less than 5 days before the start date.

o   NO refund will be given if you withdraw after a class/workshop has commenced. However, participants are welcome to transfer to another class/workshop or accept a credit for another class/workshop taking place at a later date.

o   Refunds can take up to 10 working days to process.



Some classes/workshops require a variation to these terms and conditions; please check your confirmation as the T’s and C’s variation will supersede regular terms and conditions.


For more information please contact CEAC Reception on info@ceac.org.nz or 09 838 4455

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Terms & Conditions




Enrolments are taken on a ‘first in first served’ basis.

Payments must be made in full in order to confirm your booking. A booking confirmation and a materials list will be provided upon full payment.

CEAC reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class that does not reach a viable enrolment number. If a class is cancelled, you will be notified no less than 4 days before the start of the class, and a full refund will be given.


Please be advised that your contact details will be made available to your Workshop Tutor who may need to contact you over the duration of your course. Please notify us if you prefer that we do not do this.

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20 January 2020 • Introduction to Carving

Introduction to Carving: I took this Carving Course not only for myself to learn but also to help me teach/learn with my College Maori & Pacifica Students. I enjoyed the company of others just like myself taking this Course in wanting to learn this art of Carving. We were taught H & S and the safe use of the Tools and Equipment. The class was taught the basics of how to actually carve our individual "patterns" on our hoe/paddle. Our Tutors were most helpful throughout the four days, always encouraging and offering suggestions whenever we were unsure of the next step. We concluded our course with our newly carved hoe in a "Waka Haka" for the other students also completing their courses. Lots of fun, enjoyed by all. I would recommend this course to anyone who loves working with wood. In closing, I would like to mention the Staff of the Corban Estate Arts Centre. What helpful and friendly people they are; we were treated to a lovely "Morning Tea/Coffee" welcome and a lovely end of course get together of music, finger food and drinks. Arohanui Brian


19 January 2020 • Introduction to Carving

Excellent 4 day workshop learning how to carve a Maori paddle. Good selection of timber and tools to work with, and a fun group of people. I always love learning in a class/group situation, where everyone can share their knowledge. Looking forward to the next workshop.


18 January 2020 • Introduction to Carving

Kia ora Koutou; I just spent a week with a bunch of super cool people and Wikuki making waka hoe. It was an awesome experience; especially working with wood from the amazon jungle! Definitely recommend going and I’ll be back for my third time next year..... love it so much! Mauri ora Mike Carswell

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