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The Bone Dude's Carving Studio

111 Poranui Beach Road | Birdlings Flat, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
+64 3-329 0947
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This dude typifies cool

John is not only a wonderful carver, he is an excellent teacher and easy-going "dude". And he does... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brisbane, Australia
Enlightening and Entertaining - Sweet as!

A group of 5 of us visited John's studio this Friday and did we have a fantastic time. John is a... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2017
Bri M
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Our original Studio on Fitzgerald Ave was wrecked by the earthquake on February 22nd 2011. I was able to salvage all of my equipment and convert my garage at home on Marshland Rd into a new studio which was open until March 2016. We have moved to Birdlings Flat which is 45kms from the center of Christchurch on the Christchurch/Akaroa Rd. The new Studio has taken 7 months to rebuild and is now ready for people wishing to make their own Bone Carving with us. The French Connection shuttle stops at Birdlings Flat at 10am in the morning on its run to Akaroa and returns at 4pm on the return trip back to Christchurch for those that require transport. Birdlings Flat is one of the great Gemstone beaches of New Zealand and we hope that any visitors to our Studio take the time to explore this stretch of coastal NZ. At this stage we are running 2 sessions a week, Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings but we can also run other sessions but conditions do apply. Email or call, all inquiries welcome. John & Barb
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111 Poranui Beach Road | Birdlings Flat, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

John is not only a wonderful carver, he is an excellent teacher and easy-going "dude". And he does it with one arm!! We did a refresher lesson with him recently, and enjoyed it as much this time as we did the first. Barb's work is...More

Thank Nemi22
Reviewed 27 January 2017

A group of 5 of us visited John's studio this Friday and did we have a fantastic time. John is a very skilled (and humble) artist. Upon arrival we were able to learn about different types of bone, view his work, pick out a design,...More

Thank Bri M
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Went to a session on Saturday, and absolutely loved it. Even if you have never even thought about carving something yourself you will walk out with something you are proud of. John is an awesome teacher that shows you what to do without staring over...More

Thank Jeff and Jade t
Reviewed 19 December 2016

John is fantastic at sharing his craft, he is humble and gives you time to create something that you are proud of. We did not feel rushed and had great conversations about history of carving, different tools and types of bone. The website could do...More

1  Thank Gribdog
Reviewed 15 December 2016

I originally found The Bone Dude here on Trip Advisor and so glad I did, and only a 45 min or so (rather enjoyable) drive from Christchurch! I thoroughly enjoyed making my own bone carving necklace, you have a choice of 16 different options of...More

1  Thank Beck87
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

This place has moved and is no longer at this location. Please check his Facebook page as his website is not up to date either.More

Thank GypsyR
John F, Owner at The Bone Dude's Carving Studio, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2016

Hi GypsyR, Thank you for your disappointment, to me it means you were keen to have a go. Unfortunately the process of shifting and rebuilding a new studio is taking longer than I anticipated. I hope the rest of your time in NZ lives up...More

Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

This is a really cheap and awesome thing to do don't ever miss if you go to New Zealand and it's really good quality and best of all you make it your self

Thank Ana W
Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

An amazing way to spend a few hours in christchurch. If you've been in new zealand any amount of time, you'll have seen the necklaces and symbols everywhere. Here you get a chance to make one for yourself. Having no experience or artistic flare wasn't...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 17 October 2015

Really enjoyed our 3 hours spent at John's workshop and my wife and I created our amazing souvenirs based on our own design! John is the friendliest dude and super helpful, great to have a chat with about Christchurch too, we have really had great...More

Thank Hatodik
Reviewed 4 October 2015

Lovely way to spend an afternoon and you end up with a unique souvenir. Easy to find and comfortable studio.

Thank GLNHNana
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