Luke Leaf was born on the west coast of New Zealand and at the age of 16 he did some work experience in a greenstone factory in Hokitika, the South Island’s hub for Pounamu. His talent grew from there.
Luke, now based in Queenstown, is a leading artist in contemporary Greenstone carving. His style is an amalgamation of traditional and modern design, finding inspiration from natural organic forms.
He gets all his greenstone from friends from the Ngai Tahu tribe, they’re the legal kaitiaki of New Zealand greenstone since 1997 and pretty much the only source for authentic Pounamu.