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Hokitika’s Marc Zuckerman

Mark and Jan arrived in Hokitika in April 1971.

As an exploration geologist, he fell in love with the ruggedness of the West Coast and he and Jan decided to stay. They purchased 3 acres, 20 km East of Hokitika on the road to the Hokitika Gorge and built their home – including all the windows, doors and cabinets.

In the process of building their house, Mark became consumed by the desire to be involved in woodwork and design.

The peacefulness of the environment has inspired the simplicity in his work which he considers to be minimalist-modern with a pacific influence. Over the first 40 years as a self-taught woodworker, in a relative isolated environment, his work has ranged from furniture to kitchen utensils with a continuous progression of original designs.

All Mark’s products are 100% locally made and designed, with 100% sustainably managed NZ timbers. He has been very fortunate to have a small group of talented woodworkers to assist him in producing high quality products. These woodworkers are Jane Chapman, Chris Weaver, Jan Zuckerman and Jane Churchwell.

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Working in wood