Hawaii’s Woodshow 2015

Hawaii’s Woodshow Na La‘au o Hawaii

Hawaii’s WoodshowTM, Na La‘au o Hawai‘i is Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s (HFIA) annual juried woodworking exhibition.  The 2015 Hawaii’s Woodshow was held September 20, 2015 through October 11, 2015  at the beautiful Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery at Linekona.  Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and admission is free.

This year’s Hawaii’s Woodshow is being supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) through appropriation from the
Legislature of the State of Hawai’i and by the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant awarded to the Hawai’i Forest Institute.

Last Kiss….Extinction by Scott Hare. Photo: Hal Lum 2013.

Attendees to Hawaii’s WoodshowTM are treated to extraordinary heirloom-quality works made from Koa, Mango, Kamani, Milo, Norfolk pine, macadamia nut, Kiawe and other interesting and beautiful Hawai‘i-grown woods.  Hawaii’s Woodshow encourages an appreciation for the participating artists and the materials they use.  It promotes the positive role forests play in our economy and ecology.  The Show calls for the use of wood from Hawaiian-grown tree species, especially those that have been planted and brought to maturity here in Hawai‘i.  It serves as a reference point for the planting of native and non-native high value hardwoods for future generations.Three Jurors are selected from a broad range of expertise. Typically one juror is a nationally renowned artist from the abroad. Judging is based on “Inspiration of Design” and “Excellence of Implementation.” In the initial round of judging, each judge selects multiple entries from each category creating a pool of entries from each category, from which the First Place and Honorable Mention Awards are selected.

Awards typically include: Career Recognition Award, as many as five First Place awards in various categories, Honorable Mentions, Spirit of the Show, Kent Award, Artist’s Choice Award, and People’s Choice Award.

This Career Recognition Award is presented to the artist of a single premier piece submitted by one of several invited artists. The invited artists have accumulated many awards throughout the Woodshow history and are no longer competing for awards in the main category.

First Place Award categories are typically Furniture, Sculpture, Musical Instrument, Turning, Open, and Novice. Honorable Mentions are conferred at the discretion of the Judges.

The Spirit of the Show Award recognizes the best use of wood from under-utilized Hawaii-grown, non-native trees while meeting exhibition criteria.  Work featuring koa, mango, Cook or Norfolk Pine are not eligible  Winners of this award receive premiums underwritten by C. Barton Potter.

The Kent Award, sponsored by artist Ron Kent, recognizes and encourages the most promising artist under 18 year of age

The People’s Choice Award is based on a tally of the votes by the viewing public and the Artist’s Choice Award is a tally of votes by the participating artisans.

2015 Hawaii’s Woodshow Jurors
Craig Nutt, furniture and sculpture artist from Nashville Tennessee, employs a wide variety of wood working techniques including turning, carving, traditional joinery and steam bending as well as oil painting and lacquering techniques to works that often draw inspiration from the garden. Craig Nutt’s imaginative works are found in many major museum collections as well as in private homes and corporate collections.

Tiffany Shafto, curator, Tiffany’s Art Agency, connects artists and collectors through meaningful experiences. A California native, Tiffany now makes her home on Hawai‘i Island where she finds inspiration in Hawai‘i’s woodworking community. A professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, she has also produced, co-authored, and published the award-winning coffee table book, Contemporary Hawaiʻi Woodworkers; the Wood, the Art, the Aloha, along with writer Lynda McDaniel.

Craig Mason, Hawai‘i Woodturner, learned to love forests, trees and working with wood at an early age.  He was introduced to woodturning as a teenager in school wood shop classes.  All of those interests were put on hold for several decades while he finished school, served in the United States Navy, started a private dental practice, and raised a family. Over the years, working exclusively with trees salvaged from the waste stream, he developed skills in woodturning, carving and building musical instruments. The Hawaiian calabash, with its flowing curves, is his favorite form.

For more information about Hawaii’s Woodshow, contact Andy Cole at andycolewood@gmail.com or  808-778-7036.

Kyle Medcalf video of 2015 Hawaii’s Woodshow


Graig Nutt Workshop Flyer 9-20-2015

2015 Hawaii’s Woodshow Sponsors

Kamehameha Schools

DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
State Foundation on Culture & the Arts
Woodcraft Hawaii

Bubbies Ice Cream
C. Barton Potter
Hawai‘i Forest Institute
Ron and Myra Kent
Tom Loudat
Tusher Architectural Group

Akamai Glass Company
Gregg Smith-Woodturner
Gail and Robert Holm-Kennedy
Halekulani on the Beach at Waikiki
Takahiro Yoshino



Hawaii’s Woodshow 2014 Award Winners




Award of Excellence Joel Bright Koa Entry Table
Best of Show Mats Fogelvik Roots of Inspiration
Accessories Tak Yoshino Drawers
Furniture Shaun Fleming Koa Foyer Table
Musical Instrument David Gomes Serendipity
Novice Marijcke Christianson & Ken Price Taro
Sculpture Scott Hare Walking Tall: Stilts on Parade
Turning with Form Emphasis Andy Cole A Little Rough Around The Edges
Turning with Embellishment John Mydock Koi Pond III
Honorable Mention Adam Baker Hawaiian Stick Chair
Honorable Mention Cliff Johns Ohana Series
Honorable Mention Derek Bencomo Come To Me Dancing
Honorable Mention Francisco Clemente A Tale Of Pupukea
Honorable Mention Gregg Smith Southwest Vessel with Acrylic Stand
Honorable Mention Andy Cole Caldera
Honorable Mention David Reisland Mahi-Mahi-Mahi
Honorable Mention Kelly Dunn Coconut Moon

Kent Award: Landon Hamada, Me ka ‘oia ‘i o

Spirit of the Show: David Gomes, Toon Steel String Guitar

Peoples Choice:  Bob Butts, Large Floral Lidded Koa Bowl

Artists Choice:  John Mydock, Koi Pond III

2015 Hawaii’s Woodshow Best of Show “Roots of Inspiration” by Mats Fogelvik. Photo: Hal Lum 2015.



This website produced with funds from the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

  • 2016 Hawaii’s Woodshow™

    September 17, 2016
    Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery at Linekona
    1111 Victoria Street
    Honolulu, HI 96814
    Tuesday - Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
    Free Admission