Hei Tiki male
Female Hei Tiki
Steve carver and musician

                                  Welcome to the

                                 Tree Of Life

      This is a 3D carving by Steve Maitland
      Carved by hand using a 
      Desutter Comressed air grinder
      and diamond burrs then polished
      by hand using wood sticks and silicon carbide.
      No magnification was used to aid
      In this creation.

     This Carving dates from the
     1970's. This carving is unique
      and was certainly ahead of it's time.
 
     The Dimensions are aproximately
     57mm X 35mm X 8mm

      Unique and very special this
      "Tree Of Life" is now for sale.
      Expressions of interest are Invited.

      If interested please send in an offer.
      All correspondence will  br
      kept strictly confidential.
     
      The Tree of Life has the Kereru (Native Pigeon)
      at the top. 
      The two cats represent Man and the animal kingdom
      who always try to get what they don't necesarily need.
      The Mother tree gives both Man and Beast sustenance.
      If all the vegetation on earth died out Man  
      and the Animals would die, then after a while the
      plants  would reappear (given that the earth survived).


 Lake Roddy Grass  
      
     

                                                                   Male Hei Tiki 

                                          
                                                                    Female Hei Tiki
 
  Page 1
               Page 2
                             Page 4
Studio Work Bench
Monarch Butterfly
The Tree of Life
Cherry cabbage tree
 

  Left
  The Earth
   around the Sun

  Right
  The Milky Way

  Far Right
  The Monarch Butterfly
 
  This on birth Had
  only four limbs
  showing.

  Far far right
  Steve's workbench

 
The Earth around the Sun
The Milky Way
Kakapotahi Gorge 1
Lake Roddy
Symbiosis

                         Symbiosis
     
                The Tui

     Like the Bellbird the Tui is also a major songbird.
     The Tui is more prone to copy what it hears and mimcs very well.
     The Tui has a great range of tunes.

     Both the Tui and the Bellbird also have different area dialects.
     A tui from Wellington will have a different song than a Tui from
     the Ross area and so on.
     The Tui is a ferocious defender of it's territory, when nesting
     season is on foe big or small had better look out.
     There can be no more prouder parents than Tui parents.
     The Tui feeds on more or less the same food the Bellbirds do
     This includes Cicadas, fruit and insects.

     In the photograph I took the Tui has just fed on a flower,
     you can just see the flower disappearing.

     Tui lay eggs that white or pink reddish brown specks or blotches.

   
The Tui
  
    The Native Pigeon

    The Maori called this bird many names
    one of which is "Kereru"
    The Kereru come to Ross around October - November a
    Little Later than the Tui.

    The Kereru makes the sound -coo- very softly.
    A very beautiful bird used for food and feathers in the early
    days.
    The Kereru  is very friendly and likes to eat Kowhai leaves,
     Kowhai flowers, introduced broom and Miro berries on 
     which the birds can get intoxicated. The Kereru also eat
     Other foods.

    The Kereru like to hang out in the tallest trees, in  Ross you
    may get to see flocks of 200 Kereru coming in to spend 
    summer to eat and put on weight for winter.
    The Kereru will stay here until the food stocks are
    exhausted.

   I call this Kereru "Winston" after Winston Churchill" of
   British fame because of his girth and countenance.
   Winston returns ever year.

     
Bellbird
     
            The Bellbird
     
    The Bellbird is one of New Zealands song birds.
    The Bellbirds call can only be descibed as most
     Beautiful.
     This year we have only one around our house
     usually we have about five.  December 2016
     The Bellbird like the Tui has that long beak to feed from
     the nectar deep in the flowers of native plants like the
     Kowhai and Fushia.

    
     The Maori people have the names Korimako, Mockie and 
     Makomako for the Bellbird.
     The Bellbird feed on Nectar, berries and Insects and
     also have an important to play role in pollinating plants
     and spreading seeds in the native forests.
 
Kereru
Tree of Life rear