Originally born in Germany I started bone carving after being in New Zealand for a 6 month visit in 1992.
I was lucky to be exposed to Maori culture on this visit. Since then it was especially bone carving that took my interest.
Carving quickly became a passion. I immigrated to New Zealand in 1996 and settled in Nelson.
I feel that carving connects me with the deep rooted traditions of Aotearoa / New Zealand. It is my first and lasting inspiration from being here.
I started teaching bone carving in 1996. Many people have over the years visited my studio in sunny Nelson to join in creating pieces of beauty and pride.
Carvings made in his workshop are proudly worn and cherished by people all around the world .
Two television travel documentaries were shot and included material about my bone carving workshops (from the USA: “Smart Travels” with Rudy Maxa and from Canada a TV feature with Valerie Pringle).
Several newspaper and magazine publications featured Nelson Bone Carving as well as a Radio New Zealand feature.
My carvings are or have been on display at various high profile galleries in New Zealand:
Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum in Wellington, World of Wearable Arts Museum in Nelson, Real Aotearoa galleries in Auckland and Wellington, the Coolstore Gallery in Mapua near Nelson and at Henry Corbett&Co in Watsons Bay / Sydney.
My background is strongly influenced by woodwork as I worked before as guitarmaker, musician and in the educational field. My favourite materials are bone, Paua shell and wood. I still makes musical instruments and gadgets as well and perform as a musician.