Extraordinary Kiwis: Tom Bishop

7:00pm Saturday, July 10 on Prime

Documentary Series

Clarke Gayford’s challenge tonight is to produce a carving in the traditional Maori style, with the help of carver Tom Bishop (pictured right). Tom (who studied under master craftsman Rangi Hetit) hails from Tainui, Waikato Maniopoto and took up carving when a promising rugby career was cut short due to hip problems. Under Tom’s guidance Clarke’s work of art will be chiselled from native Totara. But to do it right, he’s first got to find a tree to provide the wood, and (as he quickly finds out) there’s a whole lot more to cutting down a tree for carving than just firing up the chainsaw! It all starts with a lot of prayer and protocol…

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