Traditionally carving with wood and bone is an important part of the Tongan culture. Men carved from wood, making bowls, head rests, log drums (used for calling people to events such as church or a feast), war clubs, kava bowls, canoes and paddles, spears, and fish hooks.
Animal bone is also used for carving. Women make different types of jewellery such as bracelets, necklaces, and earrings out of bone. Cow bones are commonly used for carving, however, whale bones are also used. As a general rule whale bone is only used when the source is known such as from ancient stranding's.
There is a world wide black market in recent whale bone which is strongly condemned.
It is illegal to import whale products into most countries so if you find someone who will supply whale bone carvings, you run a very high risk of the whale bone carving being seized by customs.