Here are some commission works I have done. Some are un-disclosed and many Maori carvings are not shown here.
Please feel free to contact Fumio if you have any queries.
New Zealand Whaling
Cook Strait Whaling Scene(until 1964) on a big sperm whale tooth which is from Marlborough Sounds (whaling period)
Mammoth from Mammoth Tusk
The client brought the Mammoth Tusk
carved from Whale Tooth
*looking back design means "brings you good fortune" in Japanese tradition
I carved this Blue Whale from JET.
JET is a petrified wood from UK. My hands got totally black while I was carving. And the dust is very sticky. It's quite brittle like coal. Commission
for a musician
cow bone, Paua Shell and Mother of pearl
Ying and Yang Ring
Carved from Deer Antler with Ebony, Ivory, Whale Bone and Goat Horn
Paua Shell Necklace with Paua Pearl
Material: Beef Bone, Paua Pearl
for a Paua Diver
This Netsuke's idea comes from Hokkyo Sessai(1820~1879)'s Skeleton Netsuke. But this Fumio's version has lower jaw and right hand which Sessai's hasn't.
Whale Tooth Project 1
Kannon Bosatu and Hakuin's Blind Men with poem
Whale Tooth Project 2
Crayfish / Ebi
Material; Deer Antler Crown(Wapiti) + Goat horn(inlaid eye)
Inlaid eye = Turtle shell + Goat Horn
This is for a metal artist who loves Dragons. I could perfectly set an eye.
Kaka for Irish Pipe
*carved from Deer Antler for decoration of Irish Pipe
Material: Elephant Seal tooth
Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn
Himotoshi is formed in between of left hind leg.
Elephant / Tagua Nut
The client's request was Elephant Netsuke from Tagua Nut.
KIWI bird Skeleton
New Zealand Icon Kiwi bird's Skelton
Carved from Cow Bone
Size: 64mm X 50mm
Syoki, a giant spiritual figure, was the protector of Emperor Genso(713-755). He is a god who excludes devils. He has big eyes, thick beard and mustache. Usually, he wears a black crown and gumboots. Holds a sword in right hand and a little devil in his left hand.
This Syoki was made to order for the client's finger as a ring.
carved from Deer Antler Crown
Rimu wood box with Paua shell
Name & Date plate : Deer Antler
Knife handle and Sheath
Firstly I carved snake on the handle for my friend knife maker. Then he made the sheath, so I thought about what would be suitable. then I decided to carve Eagle which aiming to catch the snake.
Sake Cups / Bamboo design
One of happy plants of congraturations ; Sho Chiku Bai
"Sho Chiku Bai" is the combination of Pine, Bamboo and Ume(plum). The three trees which endure the winter's cold were regarded as the three friends of the cold season and were a subject of pictures in ancient China as happy patterns.
The Client bought a skull ring before, and he wanted a custom made.
Bracelet / Bangle
The client's request was a crab bracelet. I chose a nicely curved deer antler to fit on wrist. Not only carving a crab, but also I carved the base as a Paua Shell(abalone). Finishing by connecting with leather strap.
Kanzashi = Hair Pin
A Japanese lady ordered me to make Kanzashi(Hair Pin) which has White Rose on Top.
Both of them are made from Deer Antler(Rose) and Rosewood.
Connected by 2.36mm diameter metal shaft.
While I was shaping the rosewood, it smelled like sweet rose which was nice and perfect for this Rose Kanzashi.
Goku Ring (Son-Goku)
*carved from Deer Antler
Knife Handle / Deer Antler
The client brought brand new knife that had wooden handle. She asked me to carve Manaia or Taniwha on a Deer Antler. I took off the original handle and set the Antler, then carved like this.
Wedding Gift / Deer Antler Crown
I chose a realy big and thick Deer Crown to make original pair Necklaces. The piece is for a couple who get marry soon in UK. The client wanted a very original piece and represents New Zealand.
The client from Australia, he asked me to make a similar Netsuke which he had photos(or a piece). 30mm High. Small Netsuke which is made from Deer Crown.
Wearable Battery Case / Deer Antler
This is a battery case made out of deer antlar.
The client needs to carry spare battery all the time for hearing aid. He wears and carries every day and told me that he was very happy about this piece.
Ancient Harpoon / replica