Grand Showcase of Hawaii’s Finest Wood Artists April 1-15, 2012 Honolulu, Hawai’i
12.16.11 ~ Hawaii’s Woodshow, the 20th annual statewide juried woodworking show of the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association, is scheduled for April 1 through April 15, 2012 at the Academy Art Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts. Entry to the show, which is open 11am-6pm Tuesday through Sunday, is free.
For nineteen years, show attendees have been treated to 90 or more breathtaking heirloom-quality works made from native Koa, Mango, Kamani, Milo, Norfolk pine, macadamia nut, Kiawe and other Hawaii-grown woods.
Woodworks ranging from highly-refined bowls to stunning furnishings and unique sculptures showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawaii’s woods are submitted for judging in categories including furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments. There is a special student division for ages 18 and under.
“We are thrilled to present the 20th Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow,” said Heather Simmons, Executive Director, Hawai’i Forest Industry Association. “We hope people take advantage of this opportunity to see the show so that more might realize the incredible, inspiring talent among Hawaii’s craftsmen.”
Two projects are underway in alignment with the 20th Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow. Nationally-known wood artist Wendy Maruyama, artist and professor emeritus of the Furniture Design and Woodworking Program at San Diego State University, will be conducting workshops on three Hawaiian Islands (Hawai’i, Maui, and O’ahu) in conjunction with the 2012 Hawaii’s Woodshow. Local artists as well as serious connoisseurs of the finest in creativity and craft will be exposed to the latest techniques of their trade, as well as business knowledge allowing for the expansion of their markets and their minds. In addition, Maruyama Maruyama Tray Series (red). will be giving a slide lecture prior to each workshop, which will be free and open to the public thanks to a grant from the State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture. Workshop dates will be announced soon.
The second project involves koa. In partnership with the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and the U.S. Forest Service, six Hawai`i Island woodworkers have been recruited to design works for Hawaii’s Woodshow from young-growth koa. Ten younggrowth koa trees were harvested at three locations on Hawai`i Island. Data and information was gathered on Woodworker Don Albrecht (R) selects bowl stock. the wood as part of the Young-Growth Koa Wood Quality Assessment and Demonstration Project, which aims to address questions about the viability of young-growth koa in existing koa wood products markets.
The Hawaii’s Woodshow Web site, which was funded by the State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture, provides information on previous and upcoming shows as well as the Hawaii’s Woodshow Marketplace. The Marketplace features magnificent entries from previous Hawaii’s Woodshows for viewing and purchase. Visit the site at https://woodshow.hawaiiforest.org/.
Only Hawaiian-grown wood works are displayed in Hawaii’s Woodshow which is designed to strengthen appreciation for the artists’ work and encourage sustainable forestry through the planting of native and non-native trees. The HFIA Woodshow was created to educate and promote an appreciation of the tremendous variety of Hawaii-grown woods. The show encourages the use of conservative woodworking techniques such as veneering that can make the most effective use of woods that may be in limited supply. Pieces entered in the Woodshow must be made predominantly from locally-grown woods; certain rare or endangered species are prohibited.
Other Art Events
Big Island Woodturners
14th Annual Exhibit – March 2 – 30, 2012
Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Center at Linekona – April 1 – 15, 2012
About the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association
The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) promotes healthy and productive forests and a sustainable forest industry. In addition to its annual woodworking exhibition, HFIA sponsors the Hawaii’s Wood trademark, manages several community forests, and serves as an advocate for Hawaii’s diverse forest industry. Established in 1989, HFIA is a nonprofit corporation founded by and for people dedicated to responsible forest management. HFIA’s programs promote healthier forests, increased business in Hawaii’s estimated $30.7 million annual forest industry, and more jobs within the sector. Visit: www.hawaiiforest.org
Contact: Marian Yasuda
Hawaii Forest Industry Association
Contact: Heather Simmons, HFIA Executive