Nelson Bone Carving Studio

Nelson Bone Carving Studio


8 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

3 Outside the Square

2 Nelson

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All hand made!
The 'think tank'...
Happy carvers...
... all proud...
... and what an experience!
More beauties...
... and fun!


Stephan, the "Nelson Bone Carver", offers ONE DAY WORKSHOPS introducing you to the world of beautiful bone carving, a cultural Maori heritage of Aotearoa / New Zealand!

Stephan, the "Nelson Bone Carver", offers ONE DAY WORKSHOPS introducing you to the world of beautiful bone carving, a cultural Maori heritage of Aotearoa / New Zealand!
You will learn how to carve and make your own special bone carving under expert tuition and assistance, lots of techniques and tips are provided as well as meanings of traditional Maori designs.
Small classes, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. We supply all necessary tools and material.
At the end of the day you will have your very special necklace of bone jewellery, a beautiful gift from NZ.
You can not buy it anywhere else, it is as unique as you are!
So bring your own design ideas or take inspiration from samples.
Join in, it's one of the great activities and best things to do in Nelson, the arts & crafts capital of New Zealand / Aotearoa!
Only $ 79 full day workshop.
Pickup time 9.30 am / courses start 10 am, all materials and tools provided (one carving per person per day).
Free tea and coffee, bring your own lunch. Free Pickup/Dropoff in Nelson on request.
Sorry, no credit card facilities, please pay cash on arrival.
You will find us in 87 Green Street, close to sunny Tahuna Beach in, of course, Nelson, Aotearoa / New Zealand!


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Fenna Newmann's avatar

Fenna Newmann


Ranking: 10/10

I had a great day and good experience. The guy was very nice and friendly. He helped us until we had the perfect result. It is worth to pay $75 for that.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Marinette's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

It was a very nice experience.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Spencer T

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This is one of those exceeds your expectations experiences, especially in what you end up taking home. Like others say, friends are surprised you can actually carve such a nice piece in a short time yourself. The secret is that your host Stephan is able to get the bone carver out of anyone with brilliant instruction and inspiration. In our session of 5 the variety and quality of carvings was amazing, but I’m sure everyone was secretly thinking theirs was the best like I did.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in December 2013

Sir_Whiterider's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Are you looking for an activity without hiking in NZ? Or something to do during bad weather? Or just something special?

Then try the bone carving workshop in Nelson! It is really amazing!!

You can design your own carving or pick from a selection of Maori symbols. Draw it on bone, cut it out and then see the stunning process of you turning a piece of bone to a beautiful, unique carving!

Stephan patiently explains how to do every single step and helps you through the tricky parts.

I'm not sure what I liked best:
The process of the carving that was a lot of fun, learning about the traditional Maori background and symbolism, that it was actually me who created the carbing, or just the beautiful, unique result - a really special NZ souvenir!

You don't want to miss it, it is worth every cent!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Brian's avatar


United States

Ranking: 10/10

You can buy some carved bone jewelry or you can have a great time making your own treasure. We enjoyed meeting new people and learning how to carve bone. No previous experience necessary. Best of all, when we got home we got to show our friends the beautiful jewelry we made!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Tanya S


Ranking: 10/10

On a rare rainy day in Nelson, my partner and I turned a cow bone into unique pieces of wearable art in a few hours. This workshop was one of the highlights of our visit to New Zealand.

Stephan was there to guide us through the process, from design ideas to carving and finishing techniques. He explained the significance of the Maori symbols and the tradition of bone carving. And once the final polishing was done, I had a beautiful piece of jewelry.

I've had many compliments since returning home, and no one believes I created it myself!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Dean C

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had an absolutely smashing expirience making our own unique bone carvings! Both our pieces turned out awesome and unbelievably beautiful! Stephan is a great tutor, cool atmosphere, neat little workshop and studio, we just loved it! Big big thumbs up! Verena and Dean

Reviewed over 7 years ago

kawensmann's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

great expierence, it was a wonderful course and i made a bone carving of my own. Nobody will believe it, when i get home. Stephan is an great teacher in a relaxed atmosphere. Professional help and tools - Hope to be there again in a while

Reviewed about 8 years ago