Heard about Garth's studio from a poster up in a local hostel and from word of mouth from other backpackers. Located on the road on the way to shantytown off SH6 Greymouth, easy to find. Entering Garth's studio I wasn't pressured at all to buy something at all, in fact he was more than happy to tell me the history behind the jade carvings, the history of his family and the significance to the Maori people, something that you can't get in a souvenir shop. Each piece is individual and the passing on was very special, stating that the jade shouldn't be passed on cold but needs to be warmed up before passing on, I bought a Koru.I would definitely recommend just to even go and talk the Garth and learn about Jade and the significance and if something catches your eye better to buy here than a souvenir shop.
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