These Taonga Pūoro (Singing Treasures) are native instruments of Te Ao Māori (The Māori World), Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Hand crafted by Tom Scrase, each instrument is unique and has an independent voice. A detailed thesis of Tom Scrase's investigation into the sound and form of pūtorino through his 2021 post-graduate research can be read here. Video demonstrations will be uploaded to the Aotūroa YouTube channel soon.
Please feel free to message Tom directly to inquire about purchasing a one-off taonga.
Ranging in size from 250mm to 450mm these pūtatara are hand made from either frog shells (pictured) or triton shells and native New Zealand rakau (timber). Once an order is placed, the bespoke instrument will be carved, usually taking 1-2 weeks. Orders will then be shipped securely.
Ranging in size from 150mm to 400mm these pūrerehua are hand made from native New Zealand rakau (timber). The handle is usually made from timber, the image with a bone Koauau attached is from a private collection. Once an order is placed, the bespoke instrument will be carved, usually taking 1-2 weeks. Orders will then be shipped securely.