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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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Better than buying one on the shelf!

Wow! What can we say other than one of the coolest and most memorable experiences we have ever had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rosieperkins12
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Topeka, Kansas
from bored in the rain to a great adventure

after scrolling through trip advisor activities we stumbled over the bone dude. with such good... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
Grant C
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Sydney, Australia
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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 1 week ago

Wow! What can we say other than one of the coolest and most memorable experiences we have ever had! The Bone Dude was one of the most down to earth people we have ever met who has mastered his craft! We were so excited to...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

after scrolling through trip advisor activities we stumbled over the bone dude. with such good reviews it was a good excuse to get out of the house. I cannot think of a better family activity we have done. selecting and carving a piece for another...More

1  Thank Grant C
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

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

1  Thank Nemi22
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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

1  Thank Bri M
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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

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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

2  Thank Gribdog
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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

2  Thank Beck87
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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

1  Thank GypsyR
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John F, Owner at The Bone Dude's Carving Studio, responded to this reviewResponded 17 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

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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

1  Thank Ana W
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Reviewed 11 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

1  Thank Andrew M
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