With Tonijae being a Maori carver herself and having both parents being carvers she started teaching her husband Liam the art of carving. They slowly built their online presence and created Brockway Carvings to showcase their own work so that they could create and sell their work whilst raising their young family and now also use their platform and passion for Whānau to showcase other families and artists.
Liam and Tonijae Brockway create a wide range of products in varying Maori styles including Matua (hooks), Koru (spirals), Pikorua (twists) and more contemporary styles as well.
In their work they use a unique method to achieve a two-tone style on bone creating the look of bone and wood together.
They were taught by Tonijae’s parents Kerry and Amanda Thompson who are master carvers known throughout New Zealand for their high quality and unique style of work, having taught this style to their children Tonijae and her husband Liam have decided to follow in their parents footsteps and have started creating their own styles and incorporating the two-toning process that Kerry & Amanda Thompson use in their bone art carvings.