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A Made on Maui Wood Gift Guide:

Woodwork.  There’s just something special about this medium.  The warmth, the colors, the contrast – master woodworkers know how to make each piece truly special.   Here’s a gift guide to some fun wood items, each made on Maui.  Wood is the traditional five-year wedding anniversary gift, but I think these awesome finds below would always be appreciated.

wood knife holder beautiful maui carved gift

Wood-n’t this make a great wedding present for a Maui wedding?

This agave wood knife holder, with the island of Maui carved out of the center, was made from wood that was sustainably harvested from the slopes of Mount Haleakala. An epoxy finish was used to add strength and to accentuate the natural beauty.  Currently available on Etsy by DynamicElephant

Koa Wood Trivets Turtle and Pineapple

Available at MauiHands.com or in the Maui Hands stores

Hand-carved Koa wood turtle and pineapple trivets by Kamano Woods – view their artwork online at mauihands.com or at the several Maui Hands stores around the island.

Koa Wood Rocking Chair Made on Maui

I wood never leave this chair…

Made with old world techniques and oil glowing surfaces, this one of a kind solid koa rocking chair will embrace you with arms of comfort that no other chair can.  Handmade on Maui by legendary furniture maker Randall Watkins, using only the finest vertical cut grain of curly Koa.  Available online through the Rachael Ray Art Collection, or if you are on Maui, head on over to Makawao to try one on for size at Maui Hands. 

wood bead bracelet with shell made on maui

Wood Bead and Sea Shells – So Organic and Trendy!

Wooden bead bracelets by Maui jewelry designer Valerie Dunn, with Maui seashells and  charms.  View more pictures on Valerie’s blog, and contact her for availability

Made on Maui wood turned vessel

“Vessels That Dance” series of wood turned vessels by artist Derek Bencomo

Derek  Bencomo’s dramatic pieces can be seen in some of the county’s best museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.  He describes his original works below:

“Never figurative, my work balances mass and abstract lines, capturing a sense of motion with motion while the sculptural aspects mirror the figure of the wood. Over the last decade my work has shown dramatic growth from the tradition of woodturning, where bowl or vessel is the norm, to a sculptural approach that is distinctly original. My current works feature lines that curve and stretch out in three dimensions against the subtle backdrop of wood grain. The form, line and pattern are all abstract, reflecting the natural beauty of a wave, stretch of beach and horizon.”

Visit his website to see where Derek’s pieces can be seen, and which ones are available for purchase. 

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Comments on: "Wood-n’t you love this? Cool Wood Gifts from Maui" (2)

  1. I am looking for online courses in Canada.
    The carpentry license is for rough frame carpentry..

  2. Woodwork is a treat to the eyes and surrounding always and forever. Whether to gift or to buy, one can always try koa jewelry boxes and koa rings .

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