I’m an artist that expresses myself through wood and it’s interaction with the human hand

I am a wood turner, sculptor and collaborator. living and working on the Big Island of Hawaii. As an artist, I take some of the nature’s most beautiful raw materials, the world-renowned tropical woods of the Hawaiian Islands, and turn, sculpt, burn, color and finish the wood to reveal new treasures hidden within. Working in consort with the processes that formed the wood over hundreds of years, I shape and transform nature’s gift to share with those who also appreciate design, form and the spirit of Hawaiian culture and materials. There seems to be no end to what you find when you explore wood.



2018 American Association of Woodturners
Award of Excellence

I am honored to be the recipient of one of the world of woodturning's most prestigious awards, presented at the 32nd Annual International Symposium in Portland, Oregon.
2018 AAW Portland Symposium
2018 AAW Excellence Award
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Hawaiian Cultural Work
My work has been carried on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule'a for years, including the recent three year Worldwide Voyage. My pieces were also displayed at the ports of call along the Eastern seaboard of the United States. During that time seven pieces were displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. For 2018, I am excited to announce that I have been asked to create five new pieces for a special Hawaiian exhibit at the museum.
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Learn more about the process behind my pod series, and some of my other extreme turnings in this new video

I co-founded the Hawaii Artist's Collaboration, an annual event created to encourage interaction between local and internationally recognized artists and artisans. Creating art with others doesn’t get any better than this!

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