Jack Feleti - A Craftsman from the village of Hakupu, Mati.
Ebony is hard heavy and dense. What is also noticeable about the wood is that its price - Ebony is the most expensive wood in the world. Ebony from Niue (Diospyros Pentama) Or KIETO as it is known locally is found only only in the deep tropical rain forest where they have grown for centuries. The black Ebony wood is derived from the heart of the Ebony, where it takes years to form into a dense mass of solid black gold because of its rich black color when polished and natural beauty. Its yellow fruit are a favorite delicacy of the uga (coconut crab), and the forest pigeon.
Throughout Niue's pre-colonial history, ebony was used to make traditional weapons, body ornaments and cultural artifacts, some of which are currently displayed in museums throughout the world. Today, Ebony is still used for quality ornaments and handicrafts. Jack Feleti is regarded as Niues top Ebony carver and self taught. Each unique ornament is crafted by hand from raw Ebony and no two pieces are exactly the same. Looked after, Ebony will last you a lifetiime and its intrinsic value will always be treasured.