Hawaii craftsman Syd Vierra loves creating lathe-turned vessels from Big Island Norfolk Pine. He has perfected the art of translucency, allowing light to shine through the wood. It takes months to create these bowls. A spalting process adds bluish grey tinges to the already beautiful grain and knots of the tree branches.
Syd is recognized as the Official Bowl Maker of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Mamala Hoa.
Honolulu craftsman Francis Pimmel created this 27-inch scale model of the original Hokulea – the legendary canoe built in 1975 by the Polynesian Voyaging Society to retrace the voyages of early Hawaiians from Polynesia.
The Hawaiian term for a double hulled voyaging canoe is wa’a kaulua. Francis is an award-winning artist, specializing in exacting reconstructions of canoes that once sailed the Pacific Ocean and the Polynesian Triangle.