REPORT FROM HAWAII WOODSHOW ~ The 20th Annual Hawai`i Forest Industry Association’s Hawaii’s Woodshow opens its doors to the public at the Honolulu Museum of Art Academy Art School Gallery at Linekona beginning Sunday, April 1 through Sunday, April 15. There is no charge for admission to Hawaii’s Woodshow.
Jurors for the show have previewed works by Hawaii’s best wood artists and woodworkers and selected winners in various categories.
Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods sponsored the Best of Show award which went to Hawai`i Island’s Marcus Castaing for his piece, Guardians of the Heart. According to judges, Castaing’s ability to allow the gorgeous figure and curl of the koa take center stage was what made his koa cabinet stand apart. R. W. Butts from Honolulu was recognized with an Award of Excellence for his piece, Hibiscus Bowl on Stand. The work utilized bamboo in a unique and stunning way according to the judges.
Other awards were as follows:
1st Place Furniture, Peter Ziroli – Center Table (Hawai`i Island)
1st Place Musical Instrument, David Gomes – Kaulana Ke Kuahiwi (Hawai`i Island)
1st Place Sculpture, Keith Maile – Ekolu Kanaka (Oahu)
1st Place Turning, Andy Cole – Nesting Instinct (Oahu)
1st Place Open, John Sincerbeaux – Sacred Pond (Texas)
1st Place Novice, Eric LeBuse – Kaloa (Oahu)
Honorable Mention, Tak Yoshino – Koh Dana (Japan)
Honorable Mention, John Mydock – Koi Pond (Hawai`i Island)
Honorable Mention, Michael Patrick Smith – Yin Yang Fern (Hawai`i Island)
Honorable Mention, J. Kelly Dunn – Black Heart Mango Series (Hawai`i Island)
Honorable Mention, Honolulu Furniture Co. – Desk and Chair (Oahu)
Honorable Mention, Marcus Castaing – Blanket Chest (Hawai`i Island)
Kent Award, Luke Shaffer- Wave Desk and Octopus (Oahu)
(Kent Award recognizes and encourages the most promising first-time-entrant).
Spirit of the Show, Masako Schwalbenitz – Many-Legged Stool (Oahu)
(Spirit of the Show recognizes creative promotion of woods from lesser-known, non-native trees).
Two additional awards, the People’s Choice Award and Artist’s Choice Award will be announced at the show’s conclusion on April 15.
“As we celebrate the 20th Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow, all of Hawaii should celebrate the amazing talent among us,” expressed HFIA Executive Director
Award of Excellence to “Hibiscus Bowl on Stand” by R.W. Butts.
Photo by Hal Lum.
Heather Simmons. “All the entries this year were particularly remarkable and I personally thank everyone who has shared their work at the show.” Simmons added her hope that visitors and residents would take every opportunity to visit the show and share in her appreciation for the hard work of the entrants, the volunteers, and the show’s sponsors.
Jurors for the show were nationally-known wood artist Wendy Maruyama, artist and professor emeritus of the Furniture Design and Woodworking Program at San Diego State University; one of HFIA and Hawaii’s Woodshow’s founders, Peter Simmons, consultant, In the Woods; and Steven Hill from the University Of Hawaii School Of Architecture.
Only art pieces crafted predominately from Hawai’i-grown woods are displayed at Hawaii’s Woodshow as part of its endeavor to encourage and strengthen appreciation for sustainable forestry through the planting of native species. Endangered woods and certain rare species are prohibited. Many of the pieces are for sale. Anyone making a show purchase of $300 or more will have a legacy tree planted in their name by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.
Other Hawaii’s Woodshow sponsors include DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Kamehameha Schools, Ron and Myra Kent, Specialty Forest Products, Inc., State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture, Alexander & Baldwin and the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Halekulani Hotel, C. Barton Potter, Bubbies Ice Cream, Martin & MacArthur, and wood artist and HFIA Board President Tai Lake.
Hawaii’s Woodshow is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. There is no charge for admission.
For more information visit http://woodshow.hawaiiforest.org.
The site was funded by the State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture and provides information on previous and upcoming shows as well as the Hawaii’s Woodshow Marketplace. The Marketplace features magnificent entries from previous Hawaii’s Woodshows for viewing and purchase.
About the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association
The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) promotes healthy and productive forests and a sustainable forest industry. In addition to its annual woodworking exhibition, HFIA sponsors the Hawaii’s Wood trademark, manages several community forests, and serves as an advocate for Hawaii’s diverse forest industry.
Established in 1989, HFIA is a nonprofit corporation founded by and for people dedicated to responsible forest management. HFIA’s programs promote healthier forests, increased business in Hawaii’s estimated $30.7 million annual forest industry, and more jobs within the sector. Visit: www.hawaiiforest.org