Curly Koa Box with Gaboon Ebony Splines & Sliding Tray by Val Dziagwa 7.5″H x 20″W x 11.75″D $1480

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Curly Koa Box with Gaboon Ebony Splines & Sliding Tray by Val Dziagwa 7.5″H x 20″W x 11.75″D $1480

From the Artist

The wood used to make this box is Curly Koa from Hawai’i. The handle and slip feathers (in the corners of the box an lid) are made from Gaboon Ebony from West Africa.

The corners are constructed with slip feathers which strengthen the joint while lending themselves to the esthetics of the design.

Keep your box out of direct sunlight and wax it with any good paste wax or polish. This box has been oiled with two coats of Danish oil, and waxed with two coats of Carnauba wax. The finish is hand rubbed and machine buffed.

The pins retaining the lid are steel with Curly Koa dowels covering them.

Thanks, Val

Koa

Uses
Ancient Hawaiians were using the koa trunks to build waʻa (dugout outrigger canoes) and papa heʻe nalu (surfboards).  The reddish wood is very similar in strength and weight to that of Black Walnut (Juglans nigra). Because of its specific gravity of 0.55, Koa is sought for use in wood carving and furniture. Koa is also a tonewood. It is often used in the construction of ukuleles, acoustic guitars, and Weissenborn-style Hawaiian steel guitars.

Conservation
The koa population has suffered from grazing and logging.  The largest koa grow in wet forest areas. Many of those have been logged out, though. Koa now comes largely from dead or dying trees or farms on private lands. Although formerly used for outrigger canoes, there are few koa remaining, large and straight enough to do so today. In areas where cattle are present, the koa regeneration is almost completely suppressed. However, if the cattle are removed, koa are among the few native Hawaiian plants able to germinate in grassland. It can be instrumental in restoring native forest.

The dimensions listed in the ‘additional information’ tab includes packing for shipment.

Curly Koa Box with Gaboon Ebony Splines & Sliding Tray by Val Dziagwa 7.5″H x 20″W x 11.75″D $1480

Additional information

Weight 33 lbs
Dimensions 17.75 × 26 × 13.5 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074