Marquesan wooden crafts are considered among the finest in French Polynesia and part of it is due to high-quality wood that grows on our island. Tangy most often carves in oceania rosewood, but also uses oceania walnut, ironwood, temanu, and sandalwood. All of our wood material is 100% local.
This blog post is about oceania rosewood that the islanders call “mio”. The color is dark pink and it changes depending on what part of our island it is coming from. This piece is super colorful because it was taken from the valley of Hakaui which is more humid and wet part of the island. (The valley is home of a river and the highest waterfall in Polynesia.) Rosewood taken from drier parts of the island (for example Terre Desert) is much darker in color.
Wood for carving is never freshly cut from “alive” tree as it has an essence inside and it tends to crack. The best quality wood for carving is the one that lays around and air dries for several years.
Tangy hand-carved Metau Tupuna (Ancestral hook) and Metau Mana Mana (Magic hook) in oceania rosewood collected from his home-valley of Hakaui. The colors are spectacular and he adorned the hooks with the motifs of his ancestral tribe Komai Kea (population of 20 000) that used to live in the valley.
Find more hooks hand-carved in oceania rosewood in our jewelry collection.