NATIVE TREE DESIGNS CREATED OUT OF THE WOOD GRAIN OF NATIVE ‘TOKOTOKO’ (MEDICINE STICKS).
Created from the woodgrain images of Tokotoko (sticks representative of its tree species), Robert van der Touw has captured their native patterns. Each pattern represents the special gift qualities of the native tree. Based on many years of research Robert focusses his intent to create true art from these ‘ambassadors’ of New Zealand’s forests. The designs come with a certificate stating the originality of the artwork and the story of the medicinal qualities of the subject.
‘PEACEMAKER’ – HANGEHANGE
Hangehange is a common small native tree with attractive glossy leaves. Often overlooked because of its commonness, it offers wonderful patterns in both leaves and trunk. The Hangehange tree teaches us that the medicine of the small common trees is not to be denied! The natural patterns on the Hangehange Tokotoko create a powerful and unusual design. And its story deserves to be heard.
‘STRONG MAN OF THE FOREST’ – TANEKAHA
This design was created out of the natural patterns of the Tanekaha Tokotoko. Tanekaha or Cellery Pine is a beautiful, stately native tree. Tanekaha is a Maori word and it translates as ‘strong man of the forest’.
‘ASCLEPIOS’ – KANONO
Kanono is quite a soft wood hence the supple jack, or any other vine for that matter, can occasionally create lovely spirals. This is the case of this Kanono Tokotoko Design. The design was created out of the natural patterns of a Kanono Tokotoko. The Tokotoko was created by the artist with the intent to represent the healing gift of the native Kanono.
‘PASSION’ – REWAREWA
The Rewarewa of honey suckle tree is a stately native. Rewarewa has beautiful gift qualities. The name King of Hearts was derived from the feelings the artist experienced while ‘connecting’ with the tree. The energy of the tree filled his heart with a beautiful feeling of pride and generosity. Using the natural occurring patterns in the Tokotoko the artist created a striking design full of fire energy. The bark of the mature Rewarewa has a distinguished reddish brown colour. The honeysuckle flowers are a striking maroon red.
‘WELL OF LIFE’ – MIRO
The Tokotoko that was used as the source of this design was gifted to a Maori Tohunga (Medicine man or woman). Miro is a beautiful native tree and has a special gift quality of bringing harmony and healing.
‘THE SAGE’ – RIMU
The Rimu is one of New Zealand’s most attractive trees. It has lovely graceful foliage and a wonderful growing habit making it look very distinguished. The above design was created out of the natural patterns of the Rimu Tokotoko or medicine stick. Rimu is a tree of grace and integrity.
‘FOREST GUARDIAN’ – KANONO
Kanono is quite a soft wood hence the supple jack, or any other vine for that matter, can occasionally create lovely spirals. This is the case of this Kanono Tokotoko. It has a lovely visible spiral all across. It comes with the purchase of this glass art design. The design was created out of the natural patterns of the Tokotoko. The Tokotoko was created by the artist with the intent to represent the healing gift of the native Kanono.
‘SACRED DOORWAYS’ – RATA
The Rata graces the forest canopy with the lovely red lustre of its flowers. An unusual native tree that becomes a stately tree by doing it the other way around. Instead of growing from the base it first finds its way up to the top of other giants and then eventually uses these as stepping stones for its own development. It eventually takes over the host tree. A wise teacher and proof of nature’s resourcefulness and versatility. Beautiful curves in the Rata Tokotoko create an unusual and striking design.
‘MY SPACE’ – TITOKI
Titoki is a beautiful and gracefully limbed native tree that creates a lovely green dome. Its attractive foliage and its hardiness makes it one of the most desirable natives for landscaping. Titoki creates a special place which the artist tried to capture in the design created out of the patterns in its bark. This glass art or splash back deserves a special place.
‘TREE OF GRACE’ – TARAIRE
Taraire produces thick leathery leaves which take a while to decompose. They are easy recognisable on the forest floor. It produces luscious fruit for forest birds. It is also a beloved timber for Maori carvers.