In early 2019, after 6 years of working offshore on luxury private yachts, Jack joined his parents, Bruce and Louise, on their annual African buying trip. It was on this trip that he rediscovered his roots and learnt about the family business.
Jack remained on to spend three months living and working in the sculpture communities in Zimbabwe under the tutelage of a small group of leading stone sculptors.
At the end of his time in Zimbabwe, being inspired by the craft and people, Jack purchased a container of sculptures to bring back to New Zealand for display and sale. Jack now has a unique and practical understanding of all aspects of sculpting, from mining stone, to the carving, chasing and polishing of the finished works. Jack’s time training as a sculptor has forged strong personal relationships with key members of the various sculpting communities, whilst also gaining an understanding of the practicalities and logistics of packing and shipping through the export/import process.
Jack is passionate about sculpting and many of the pieces are on display in the Arrowtown gallery.