Kavo Lavata - Carving Commission

One of the children from the village

One of the children from the village

Kavo Lavata is a small village on a small island in the Morovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands. There is very little opportunity for employment, and any children wishing to attend school, must travel to another village for secondary school, or to the capital city for further education. In addition to school fees; travel, food and accommodation must be met while the pupil is away. Currently, the village remains fairly subsistence based, living off village gardens and what fish can be caught. Pressure from logging companies to sell the available rainforest can be an attractive offer to meet needs, often however with short term reward and long term consequences.

"Only through education, can we hope to make informed decisions about the plight of our race, our culture and our environment. I firmly believe that it is the right of every child, to have the opportunity to reach their full potential."

It is my aim to find a sustainable way for the people of Kavo Lavata to send their children to school. While I would like to offer a scholarship for children to continue their studies, I have began by commissioning carvings by these very talented people. To date, we have delivered hand carved trophies for sporting events (freediving) and plaques for "end of year" competitions, as well as some very interesting artworks.

One of Maloe's artworks, made from local timber and nautilus shell. This mask represents the 'Spirit of Solomons' and is currently still for sale

One of Maloe's artworks, made from local timber and nautilus shell. This mask represents the 'Spirit of Solomons' and is currently still for sale

Personalised and unique carvings can be made to order, with one carving making a huge impact to the family of the worker. 

Please contact me if you would like to assist with a donation, or to commission a carving. Please also be assured that 100% of your money goes directly to the family in need.

Dudley's carvings are matched only by his smile and enthusiasm, he has a fantastic eye for detail, and is an absolute pleasure to be around. 

Maloe is the chiefs brother and one of the most skilled carvers. One of his works is featured to the left. His designs are carried out with meticulous detail and is always working on new ways to be creative...

Stevenson is constantly working on inovative ways to create unique pieces; with many of his works being replicated by others because of their interesting style. He began working on new concepts at the request of the travellers he met, and has now developed one of the most extensive repertoires.

Maloe, working away on the end of year trophy for Adreno spearfishing and Scuba

Maloe, working away on the end of year trophy for Adreno spearfishing and Scuba

Dudley and his signature smile

Dudley and his signature smile