Thank you for your visit and interest in my Skulls, please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Laurens Ivo Manus but most people call me Ivo Manus.
I was born in Bogor Indonesia back in 1963 as a child of an Indonesian father and a Dutch mother.
My early years I was raised in Belgium, but for the major part of my life I have been living in the Netherlands.
During my life I have worked several jobs. Started off as a high school teacher for 7 years. I continued working as an antique-dealer in American memorabilia (pinball machines and jukeboxes) and later on German antiques and French brocante. This era lasted about 7 years as well.
In 2002 I felt the time was right to deal with my spiritual aspirations. I started a spiritual centre that changed over the years into a training centre for mediumship and intuition. I taught and gave private sittings as a spiritual medium and trance medium.
I carved my first Skull in October 2010, purely by accident. I enjoyed it so much, that I decided to work as a professional Skull-carver fulltime in the magical year 2012.
Throughout the years I created my own carving method. Just by trying and doing.
I've always believed in a higher intelligence that can provide you (if you really want) with the necessary information. Whether this is about technical information or deep-seated questions of life, for me this is ‘the truth’ rather than coming from a so-called external expert.
This principle I use while carving ...... no one is able to judge the capacity and intention of a Skull better than you as a caretaker. It is about your relationship with the Skull ...... this interaction is unique, this is you....
Everything is. We all have to walk our path. Your Skull accompanies you on that path. A Skull can only have a meaning for you if you acknowledge it. Embrace the Skull and in that you embrace yourself in who You are.
Each and every Skull I create is unique, never a copy. I carve my Skulls from rough to finish and I am the only one who touches the stone. As of 2017 I will sign all my work with my initials “I M”.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will enjoy shopping here at Manus Skulls.