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  • Koa is the most beautiful wood I have had the pleasure to work with. The color, texture and amazing three dimensional depth, put it in a class of it’s own. A variety of the Acacia tree family, unique to Hawaii. It grows to be eighty plus feet tall, from sea level to near the tops of the mountains. Unfortunately it is also rare, having been cleared for cattle and burned to process sugar in the late 1800’s. There is a movement to restore it, but that’s another story.

  • The wood that I use for my creations comes from “windfall” trees, downed by the forces of natural. None of the mills I work with cut live trees, so it is often difficult and expensive to come by.
  • This particular  piece of wood is from a tree from the upper slops of East Haleakala on Maui. It had been on the ground for a while, so it had begun to decay. This process called “spalting” can add dramatic color and depth to the wood.

  • When I’m looking for a piece for a rocker, there are two things I look for, structural integrity and dynamic patterns in the figure and curl. I look for natural curve in the grain for the runners and solid straight grains for the support components, as well as distinctive patterns and curl for the arms, seat and headrest. This can take some time, at $45-$65 a board foot (12″x12″x1″) you don’t want to make a mistake.
  • After selecting the raw slabs, I lay out the design (each chair is different, as I do not use stock templates) and rough cut the various components. These pieces are stacked in my drying shed to stabilize. After two months they were ready to be shaped and sanded to a near finished point before assembly.
  • Each component must be hand fitted to ensure tight joints. This process takes weeks, as each section is glued and cured. Each rocker’s wood has a different weight and balance point that must be careful worked out before the final glue up. I use a marine epoxy and waterproof glue,  so it needs to be right the first time. I let the glued up chair sit for a few weeks to cure and stabilize before finishing.
  • The next step is to sand the entire chair over and over, applying thin layers of lacquer sealer until all the grains and joints are baby bottom smooth. A final lacquer finish is sprayed and a hand rubbed wax and oil is applied.
  • My goal in a rocker is to create a piece of furniture that is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, revealing the amazing beauty of the wood.

Aloha,
Mike

This chair was SOLD at Native Intelligence 

  • Turning bowls is one of most satisfying things I do in wood. There is something raw and exciting about taking a chunk of wood and turning it into a useful and beautiful vessel. There alot of inherent risks involved with the process. It takes a commitment to sacrifice an expensive piece of wood.

  • There is a very real chance that it will have a flaw inside or you make a mistake and it explodes off of the lathe at 1500+ rpms. There is also the flying wood chips and dust created while carving though the wood with a razor sharp gouge or knife. On the other side of the risk is the reward. Creating a graceful shape, revealing the hidden beauty of the wood and aesthetic value of both form and function, keep me on the edge of anticipation. Each calabash or vase is unique, the pattern of the wood, the curve of the shape and history of the piece of wood adds to the sense of satisfaction to each one I make.

  • I have also been carving intricate patterns into these forms, adding to the sculptural aspect of the turning process.
  • There are some master turners on Maui, their work is the inspiration that keep following in their path. Check out the links below to see some of their work.

Tom Calhoun – Maui

Guus Mauri – Maui

Jim Meekhof – Maui

Al Rabold – Maui

Shaun Fleming – Maui

Jack Ewing – Molokai

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Aloha, here you will find some of what I see through the lens.  Scroll down see the pix for this month. Mahalo :)

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February 25, 2011

Canon 7D in 1080p 30 fps, ,  Canon 100-300L 5.6L, Tripod, 2-27-11, 5:45-6:25 PM, Edit in Avs4You

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February 25, 2011

 

Last nights Sunset. Watch the little black cloud :)

Frame Grab with Jing

Canon 7D in 720 p 60 fps, ,  Canon 100-300L 5.6L, Tripod, 2-24-11, 5:45-6:25 PM, Edit in Avs4You

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February 24, 2011

Here’s my “Meet the Artist” interview at the Maui Open Studios event,

held in February 14th, 2011 at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao. Part 1 of 2.

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February 21-23, 2011

Just for fun, here’s a screen grab of the RAW file  of the shot on MagicSeaweed.

As you can see all I did was crop and sharpen the image.

This debate has been kinda fun, and a little surprising with all the coverage and video on it :)

Video by Tony Adams. — Here’s a shot from Sean Hower, a different photographer.

40,000 views on this site alone… Thanks :)

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February 20, 2011

Sweet Sunday Morning!   (Double Exposure – Video/Still)

Canon 7D in 720 p 60 fps, Canon 40d, 1/3200 s at f/4.5,  Canon 400L 5.6L, Tripod, 2-20-11, 6:54:11 AM, Edit, AVS4you

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February 17-19, 2011

Native Maui ‘Amakihi on Mamane in Hosmers Grove Haleakala Park.

Canon EOS 7D, EF400mm f/5.6L USM, 1/160 s at f/5.6, 2/16/2011, 3:29:19 PM

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February 16, 2011

Canon EOS 40D, EF28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM, 1/1000 s at f/5.6, ISO 200, 2/17/2011, 6:02:54 PM

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February 15, 2011

Great clouds tonight :)

Canon 7D in 720 p 60 fps, Canon 100-300 5.6L, Tripod, 2-15-11

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February 15, 2011

Memorial Box commission : Curly Koa and Mango – Carved Honu Soul-Mates

Canon EOS 40D, EF28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM, 1/800 s at f/4.0, 2/14/2011, 3:22:48 PM

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February 10-14, 2011

Epic Day At Peahi! Monster paddle-in and tow surfing.

Time Laps – GoPro HD 5 second interval, Canon 7D in 720 p 60 fps, Canon 400 5.6L, Tripod, 2-8-11

February 8-9, 2011

(Click Photos for full gallery)

Danilo Couto taking paddle surfing Peahi (Jaws) to a new level!

Canon EOS 7D, EF400mm f/5.6L, 1/500 s at f/8.0, ISO 100, Tripod, 2/8/2011, 9:14:15 AM

Strong offshore winds, deny these surfers entry into this monster wave!

Canon EOS 7D, EF400mm f/5.6L, 1/500 s at f/7.1, ISO 100, Tripod, 2/8/2011, 9:29 AM

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February 6,7, 2011

Canon 7D video, Edited in AVS4You software

One of the best sunsets in months! 4 shop panorama (PS CS5)

Canon 40D, Zenitar 16mm 2.8 fisheye , 1/400 s, f 2.8, ISO 200, 2-2-6-11, 6:11:00 PM

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February 5, 2011

Maui Open Studio Opening Event. What a fun night! Artist studio showings 2/5-5, 2/12-13, 2/19-20 :)

GoPro HD, Time Laps 1 shot every 5 seconds for 35 minutes, Edited in AVS4YOU to 40 seconds.

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February 4, 2011

Product photography is hard! As a woodworker and photographer I am seldom “happy” with my ability to do the piece  justice.

How do you capture the essence of saving a piece of spalting Mango from the dumps,

and seeing a petroglyph paddler come to life in it???

Canon 7D, EF28-80mm f/2.8 – 1/25 s at f/2.8, ISO 200, Studio lights, Tripod, 1/12/2011, 9:13:28 AM

Subject masked and background softened in PS CS5

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February 3, 2011

“Self Portrait” Open Studio Maui is coming up 2/4 & 2/12-13 2011

They asked for a promo picture for the event. I set up a tripod in the shop, used a self timer and snapped this speed burr shot.

Canon 7D, EF28-80mm f/2.8-4L, 1/40 s at f/8.0, ISO 800, Cleaned up in PS CS5, Tripod, 6/21/2010, 1:33:46 PM

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February 1 & 2, 2011

Canon 7D video, Edited in AVS4You software

And another month of Maui Sunsets begins :)

Canon 40D, EF400mm f/5.6L , 1/640 s at f/5.6, ISO 200,2-2-11, 6:02:22 PM

 

Lobelia Grayana

Lobelia grayana

  • Rare and endangered plants are a new subject for me. My friend Pat Bily of the The Nature Conservancy (a self proclaimed “plant geek”) has been patiently pointing out the native plants in the Waikamoi Preserve. The Lobelias are one of the food sources for the native birds of Maui . In 3 years of hiking past this paticular plant, I had not seen it bloom. So when I heard it was flowering, I had to have a look. WOW – beautiful! It was lightly raining, but I had to shoot, as a family of I’iwi were working it.

Keiki I'iwi - Lobelia Grayana

I’m a Plant/Bird Geek in the making :)

Full List & Pictures of Hawaiian Plants by Forest and Kim Starr

Hi, my name is Mike and I’m a woodaholic.

You can ask my wife, I cannot pass up a slab of Maui’s amazing hardwoods. It started at yard sales, a piece here, a piece there, till I had to build a shed to store them. Then I found the mill, oh my, the “candy store” for someone with woodlust. I began hanging around the millyard (100s of logs and piles of slabbed wood) looking through every pile looking for just the right piece. Whether it’s Koa, Mango, Monkey pod, Norfork Pine, or Opeuma, I love um all.

I also love driftwood. Whenever we have big storms with heavy rains, you will find me searching the river-mouths for chunks of battered and beaten pieces of wood. So anyway, now my backyard is piles of wood, every nook and cranny in the shop is piled high.

Woodlust, ya I’ve got it, because wood “speaks” to me. I mean, I see a piece a wood and it says “rocker” or “fish sculpture” or “treasure box”, it lets me know what it wants to be. Every piece of wood has a story, in this section of the blog, I will share the history of the wood and the process it took to become what it “told” me to make.

Aloha,

Mike

September is an awesome month for Maui Sunsets!

Looking down at the Ko’olau Gap from the N. East slopes of Haleakala.