Axis deer, native to India, were originally brought to Hawaii in 1860. King Kamehameha V received nine of them as a gift from Hong Kong. He released them on Molokai. In 1959/1960 nine deer were brought over to Maui. While it did establish a hunting population, there are no native predators and the populations have soared providing us with ample antler for carvings. Not to mention, the venison from Maui is the best we have ever tasted.
Hand carved Maui fish hook made by local artist Ray Peters. This beautiful hook is carved out of Maui axis deer antler and measures 1 3/4” tall. Hand wrapped with a handmade flemish twist Dacron cord in black.
Ray’s hooks are beautiful. His classic designs are based on traditional Hawaiian fishhooks. You may be familiar with Ray Peters as he is an accomplished scrimshaw artist who has been working with Whaler’s Locker for over 30 years. You will find some of his scrimshaw art here.
If you'd like to learn more about the Maui Fish Hook and it's importance to the Hawaiian culture check out our blog, Hawaiian Fish Hook Jewelry.
If you're curious about Maui venison Whaler's Locker has just stated carrying Maui Nui Venison Sticks in two flavors; Original or Peppered. Grab this gorgeous hook and a few venison sticks to make the perfect gift.
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