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 will be held September 20, 2015 through October 11, 2015  at the beautiful Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery at Linekona.

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.

Hawaii’s Woodshow 2015 Prospectus


 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 and Nadia Savoldilli
Tusher Architectural Group

Akamai Glass Company
Gregg Smith-Woodturner
Halekulani on the Beach at Waikiki
Jeffery Griswold
Scheurenbrand Guitars
Takahiro Yoshino

Kyle Metcalf Video of 2014 Hawaii’s Woodshow

Senate Certificate for 2012 Hawaii’s Woodshow

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

  • 2015 Hawaii’s Woodshow™

    September 20, 2015-October 11, 2015
    Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery at Linekona
    1111 Victoria Street
    Honolulu, HI 96814