1944 - Born in August in Whakatane, New Zealand (North Island)
Educated in Waiatahi, Kariotahi, Buckland, Papamoa & Riverhead.
as his father Stuart was a primary school Head Teacher and loved teaching in
1956 - Steve commenced carving under the watch full eye of Stuart.
Stuart Pyne commenced carving around 1942 when he was a member of the volunteer
Territorial Army. One of the members had a Maori carved swagger cane & Stuart
admired it. He was very clever with his hands and went about making one for
himself and for any of the other members who requested it.
As his career then took him to various country areas including the East Coast
of the North Island, his love of carving grew and as he had a keen mind he
researched and studied the art further.
During his many years of carving and before his death at age 79, he carved a
Teko Teko, (Maori Figure) that was presented to Walt Disney, plus a walking stick
that was presented to Sir Bernard Ferguson, on his return to England after his
term as Governor General of New Zealand.
Steve, his eldest son was Stuart’s understudy from an early age and commenced
carving for sale at the age of 12. He originally sold his work through the
Eric Scholes’ Gallery in Whakarewarewa, Rotorua and then latterly through the
Returned Serviceman’s Gallery in Auckland City.
Over the years Steve had been commissioned by the Eric Scholes’ Gallery to carve
some very special pieces to be presented to the sons of predominant families on
their 21st birthdays.
Steve now has a large library of old historical carving books to draw on for traditional styles and designs of different tribes.
1982 - Acknowledged by TVNZ for his contribution to a Maori Carving Competition.
Steve has also carved figureheads for visiting American yacht owners.
1983 - A Maori Chess set carved by Steve was awarded a design award at an exhibition
in London, UK.
2004 - Steve has now retired from his position of System Analyst for a major
corporation to concentrate on a few high class pieces of carving, a dream he
has had for many years.
All of the carvings will reflect the traditional craft of Maori Carving as done
by both pre & post European Maori Carvers.
The wood used is predominantly very old Kauri and Totara, mainly recovered from
demolition and construction sites.