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About Sean

Hi! My name is Sean West, and I am a kayaker, scuba diver, lifeguard, surfer, sailor, and raft guide from Asheville, North Carolina. I started wearing a Hei Matau in 2005, when I first saw the symbols at a rock festival and bought a few for kayaking friends. We've been wearing them since then as symbols of friendship, love of nature, and good times on the water. Hope you like them as much as we do! 


For me, getting emails like these is definitely the best part of this business. Our customers are generally really amazing, nice people and it's a good feeling when we do our job right: 

"I have to tell you a short story. I was called to be the Incident Commander in Long Beach, NY after Superstorm Sandy a few weeks ago. I responded there from Indiana, my home. As I grabbed my gear to go out the door, I knew that the primary hazard on that island was flooding after the storm, and several water passages were needed to get to the island. I wore my White Scrimshaw Hei Matau (purchased from you over a year ago) for my entire trip and the whole two weeks I was there. Others recognized it and I became an instant trusted soul, even though I was from another place. It became my talisman, for strength during the deployment and safety from the water. I just purchased a new White Scrimshaw Hei Matau for the City Manager of Long Beach, NY as a gift, and I can't wait to give it to him as a lasting tribute of help from others, continuing safety from the surrounding waters, strength during their recovery, and lasting prosperity for the city and island. Thank you for inspiring such a gift and strengthening an enduring partnership!"

-Diane, Indiana 

 "I purchased two items from Sean in January of this year, 2013. Before purchasing, however, I had a couple of questions for Sean regarding product and so I emailed him. Sean replied promptly and with extreme courtesy. I ordered a necklace for my wife and one for me. I was ecstatic when I received the shipment at my office from Wanderer Imports. From the time of placing the order to receiving the shipment, only a few days had passed. Not too shabby! The items were packaged safely and with care and the necklaces, I am pleased to say, are of high quality materials and workmanship. We both wear our necklaces a lot and it's great to hear the comments and questions from curious others about these unique pieces. This of course gives us a great opportunity to share the meaning of the necklaces and about Wanderer Imports. My total wrap-around experience with Wanderer Imports has been positive. I will purchase from Sean again in the very near future."

-Jesse, Colorado 

 "I ordered 4 necklaces and bags for Christmas in 2012. Awesome! Within 4 days. One of my nephews, 20 yr. old EMT can't wear any kind of metal or chains so he is really thrilled. I just placed an order for MY marble charm. Thanks Wanderer for restoring my faith in online purchasing."

-Billy, Arizona

 "I had a great experience working with Sean from Wanderer Imports. He was helpful and personable. The service was exceptional, with my shipment going out the next day, I received my necklace within 4 days of my order. The product was just as advertised, at a great price. I will definitely order from Wanderer Imports again!"

-Elly, California

"I love that the wood is a little scratched up just because it shows that it's handmade and it makes it look rustic and gives it a unique look. I've grown up with this necklace since I was very young and it has meant a lot for me so thank you for making such a nice and clean version of it!"


"Great necklace, has a lovely iridescent warmth to it! The colour is lighter on one side than the other so you have a choice when wearing it! The cord on the necklace is also adjustable and can be worn at any length. Perfect, very happy! Thank You."



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