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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 

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This is the acadamy awards for big wave surfing.

Each year the best rides, by the best riders, in the biggest waves on the planet

are judged and celebrated at the Grove  in Anaheim.

(Click Here to see the amazing rides and event.)

Each year the best photographers and videographers submit their best takes,

hoping to be the one to have captured the defining moments of the big wave world.

I have had the privilege of participating for several years,

by submitting my images of Maui’s premeire big wave, Peahi (Jaws)!

Over the years, I have had many images selected to showcase the amazing surfers who come each year..

Last year I had 3 in the finals and decide to attend the Awards night in LA.

I had an amazing time hanging with friends, seeing old friends

and celebrating with the best surfers and photographers in the world,

but did not win the prize. (Click Here to see a video sideshow of last year.)

This year, I was unable to attend due to being unable to be in two places at once :)

 I only had one image in the finals, with very stiff competition.

To win this prize there are 5 surfers in each of 5 categories, with multiple photographer for each.

Your surfer has to win the category first, then they pick one winning photograph.

This year I was honored by having my shot of Dave Wassel selected for the paddle in wave of the year!

Thanks you to all the surfers who Changed the Game this year!

Truly amazing!  Stoke to have witnessed it.

Click here to see more shots of this ride and the others this day!

A BIG Mahalo to  Billabong & Pelican Cases for a great event and products!

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The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters,

yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

Psalm 93:4

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With each new swell at Peahi the bar is raised, new heroes are made and reputations are solidified!

These two days had far less crowds, with many amazing rides and wipeouts!

There was a mix of  Paddle-in, Tow-in, Windsurfing, Kite surfing, Stand up boarding, all sharing the lineup pretty well :)

Click on any picture to go to the gallery of the day :)

1-30-12 Gallery **** 1-31-12 Gallery

Jeffery Rowley charging into one of the best ridden waves of the day!     1-30-12 Gallery

The windsurfers were on it, catching some of the biggest waves of the day!

End of the day saw tow surfers charging…

Go to the full  1-30-12 Gallery to see Kite boarders and Tow surfers too!

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Joao Marco Maffini Charging on 1-31-12

Robby Naish on a smoker, stand-up surfing!   Go to the full 1-31-12 gallery to see more!

1-30-12 Gallery **** 1-31-12 Gallery

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5am and the bouy has been reading around 16 feet 17 seconds all night. finally after a slow start, Peahi (Jaws) is on!
It is raining and the road is very muddy and the surfers are standing in the dark, listening to the sound of huge surf.
20-30 foot Hawaiian reveals itself as we climb down the slippery cliff to the rocks below.
     These images represent the crazy abandonment of the 30+ paddle-in surfers who took on these massive waves.
The rain cleared but the wind remained, as a historic surfing session filled the day. Another level have been broken!

Enjoy a few shots here and click on any picture to go the the full gallery!

Dave Wassel’s XXL contender!

 Tyler Larronde was one of the young guns charging!

Shane Dorian was a standout as usual,

taking off some of the biggest waves of the day and pulling into barrels like this!

The lefts were macking as well! Rider: Kohl Christensen

Click HERE to see the full gallery!

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Every year on Maui we enjoy gaint surf at Peahi / Jaws.

This year started rather slow with only one small day in November and December. (12-8-11 Gallery)

2012 started of with a bang, with a huge swell hitting 1-4-12. I will post about that later.

On the 8th it broke again, smaller, but very clean and with a  smaller local crowd.

Enjoy a few shots here and click on any picture to go the the full gallery!

Maui girl Paige Alms was charging on her 1st paddle day at Peahi.

Francisco Porcella scooped this nice left.

Matt Meola pulled into the tube on this one!

 Nakoa DeCoite was a standout with this airdrop!

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And the day ended with another beautiful Maui Sunset!

For the Full Gallery Click Here!

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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.