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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”