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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:26 am

From wine to stone – Rumble is now in his carving element


Peter Rumble chips away at his limestone block during in first hours of the carving competition

Peter Rumble chipping away at his limestone block during the first few hours of the competition

Festival of the Elements carver Peter Rumble has never been too far from the element of earth he was challenged to represent on Saturday.

Peter was one of eight carvers in the Waitangi day earth-themed stone carving competition to raise funds for an artist scholarship grant in Porirua.

He started his working life as a journalist putting words on paper with the Dominion Post, then sold wine in his well-known Wellington wine shop, before turning to carving stone.

Peter first became keen to carve during a symposium that he was sponsoring.

“I said to one of the carvers, could I get a crack at this at some stage?

“I always sort of felt there was something inside trying to get out.”

Six months later Peter was invited by the carver to an inaugural limestone carving symposium in Otaki to give it a try.

“So I did and a whole new world started.”

The guidelines given to the carvers on Waitangi Day for the annual Porirua festival was to express their ideas of the element of earth, and “pay tribute to the Earth on which we all stand and encompass the celebration of cultural diversity and unity in Porirua”.

Mr Rumble says the most impressive attribute of the earth is the existence and amount of water on its surface, because without both earth and sufficient water, nothing would exist.

At the top of his sculpture is a bowl, which he says represents the earth and oceans.

Coming down from the bowl are roots and branches.

Mr Rumble says they allude to growth, the intertwining and co-existence of various cultures, and the fact that it is us who will have to hold up the earth, because we’re messing it up at the moment.

“What I really like about carving is the creativity of it.

“I like the concept of using your brain and having the hands, hopefully, follow the brain.”

He only uses about 8 tools. A saw, mallet, scutcher, chisels, and one electric tool.

“My advice to beginners is to just go for it. People get all precious. If you make a mistake, well, you have to adjust, think laterally.”

Although he likes to carve stone, Mr Rumble prefers to work with clay in his own time, because of its versatility.

The sculptures are to be sold to raise funds to establish an artist scholarship grant. See the Porirua Community Arts Council’s website for more details.

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