carnelian pekapeka bat
Carnelian Pekapeka / Bat

My name is Aaron Brown, I’m a stone carver living in Cambridge, New Zealand.
I have a deep love for nature so my Pounamu / greenstone carvings naturally reflect this – birds, leaf forms, insects and nature inspired abstract patterns.

Along side Pounamu / greenstone I also carve other stones from New Zealand like Carnelian and greywacke as well as Jades from different countries.

Commissions are welcome,

Aaron


Portfolio

jadeite shark

My portfolio is a collection of my best carving work. I spend a lot of time developing my own designs and matching them to stones that suit them and carry the carving beyond just the design.

Carving Shop

pounamu greenstone fantail

In my shop you can see pieces that are currently available. Most of the carvings are made out of Pounamu / Greenstone (what’s the difference?) but I also like to include other Jades and stones.


Commissions

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Pounamu Huia

I welcome carving commissions. I see them as a collaboration between myself and my client.

Types of Stone

types-of-carving-stone

This page shows examples of the different stones I carve. There is such a variety of colours and textures to choose from. They all give a different vibe to the finished piece.



Pounamu, Jade or Greenstone?

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Pounamu ruru

Greenstone / Pounamu / Jade are often the same thing from different angles.

Pounamu is the Maori word for NZ Jade but Tangiwai (Bowenite – a translucent Serpentine) is also Pounamu. I would use Pounamu to describe New Zealand Jade or Tangiwai. Read More

Can Pounamu only be gifted?

pounamu pekapeka
Pounamu Pekapeka

Can Pounamu only be gifted?  This is a reasonably common idea in NZ but I’m not sure how prevalent it is in practice.  I have only heard of it in regards to Pounamu.  Read More


The World of Jade

pounamu jade greenstone

The World of Jade is a separate site I’m developing to show off different jades and carving stones from all over the world. There is such an amazing variety. While the site is focused on Jade (including lots of types of Pounamu) I’m also adding other stones from New Zealand that are good for carving. Eventually I’d like each entry to have photos of the rough stone, slices and carvings.