6 Man Koa Racing Canoe by Greg Eaves $2150
About the artist
Woodcrafter Greg Eaves comes from a long line of Kama’aina craftsmen in Hawai’i. Greg’s great-grandfather, Christian Gertz Jr., moved to Hawai’i in 1853 at the age of 15 and was trained by the renowned Wilhelm Fisher, one of Honolulu’s finest cabinetmakers of the time. Mr. Gertz made two of the three pieces entered into the 1873 World’s Fair by Fisher, whom he eventually bought out upon his retirement. Mr. Gertz was later chosen to build the grand koa and kamani wood staircase in the Iolani Palace which was completed for King Kalakaua in 1882. He is now prominently featured in the book “Hawaiian Furniture & Hawaii’s Cabinet Makers”. His son George Gertz continued the tradition as a respected Honolulu boat builder in the early 20th century. Greg’s father, Brad Eaves has since inherited his grandfather’s tools (some of which are still used to this day) carrying on the family tradition.
Greg Eaves was born on O’ahu and raised on the Big Island of Hawai’i where he learned the trade of wood working from his father. Over the past 20 years, Greg has developed his skills and now is the fourth generation in a long line of master craftsmen. His koa wood products have been shown on television, featured in newspapers and magazines and can be found in fine island galleries.
Na wa’a or Hawaiian canoes are graceful and beautiful vessels. We know them best today for their use in the sport of canoe racing. Canoe clubs are a big part of life for so many islanders, both at home and abroad. But in old Hawai’i, canoes held a tremendously important part in culture and in society. The Hawaiian canoe is an evocative icon of Hawaiian life.
The dimensions listed in the ‘additional information’ table includes packing for shipment. The dimension listed on this page is correct for the bowl itself. Mahalo!
6 man Koa Racing Canoe by Greg Eaves $2150