Resourcefulness is creating what we need from what we have, for the wellbeing of planet & people. Rekindle creates opportunities for resourcefulness by promoting the skills & knowledge involved in creating what we need from what we have. We transform local resources through care & craft; this being the opposite of wastefulness. 


Spoon-carving tools - buying advice!

June 24, 2019

Spoon carving requires three basic tools: an axe; a straight knife; and a curved “hook”, “crook” or “spoon” knife. These tools are useful in lots of other projects, and are a great asset for anyone getting started working with green wood. Availability of carving tools in New Zealand isn’t great, but there are options to buy locally without having to resort to ordering from overseas. It’s also true to say that you don’t need to buy the most expensive tools to start carving spoons, but as with all tools you’ll seldom regret buying good quality. Below, we’ll outline the basics of what makes a functional tool for carving, and where you can procure them. Having your own tools isn’t necessary... Continue Reading →

We have Gift Vouchers!

December 22, 2018

We're very pleased to be able to share our new gift cards with you for our workshops. What could be better than being given a gift of an experience, and what's more a new resourceful skill to learn & practise. Click here to see the vouchers available. Continue Reading →

What a first! Necessary Traditions festival weekend complete

November 13, 2018

What a wonderful weekend at the Arts Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch was had! Over 40 practitioners of necessary traditions spent the weekend demonstrating their resourceful skills. The reality of how it was to have these extraordinary group of practitioners together in one place was beyond our hopes, it felt like putting the tinder to a flame and the burst of energy & excitement in spontaneous & furry collaborations was evident in these moments: A doll of Alex Yerks (woodcarver) made my Hilary Jean Tapper on Sunday 11 November 2018. A shoe upper woven of harakeke by Tracey-Anne Cook for shoemaker Louise Ayling.   A spoon carved by Alex Yerks dyed with black carrot by Arina Terekhova.  These feel like the... Continue Reading →

ANNOUNCING: the Fund for Necessary Traditions

November 10, 2018

As part of the inaugural festival in 2018 we are delighted to share with you this new fund which has been set up to fortify & grow the presence of resourceful craft in Aotearoa New Zealand. This fund & it's impact is needed because as a society we are losing the ability to create what we need from what we have whilst caring for the local natural resources we rely on. To do this we need knowledge, skills & the practice of the necessary traditions which allow us to be kaitiaki or carers of the ecosystems we live within. This way we are all well & we are all connected. Donations to this fund enable the following support: Experienced craft practitioners... Continue Reading →