Hau Calabash 1.75″H x 6.5″D by Craig Mason $180
About the Artist
Craig Mason is a Hawai‘i Woodturner who learned to love forests, trees and working with wood at an early age. Woodturning was introduced to him when he was a teenager in woodshop class. He put all his prior interests on hold for several decades while he finished school. Craig Mason also served in the United States Navy, started a private dental practice, and raised a family. From years working with trees salvaged from the waste stream, he developed skills in woodturning and carving . The Hawaiian calabash, with its flowing curves, is his favorite form to carve.
Hibiscus tiliaceus is the scientific name of hau. The naturally curved branches of this plant’s softwood are used to make canoe outriggers. The three parts are the niako, the two booms, and the float, ama. To get the proper shapes, the younger branches were sometimes trained into arches or shaped in an imu, underground oven. The bark was stripped from the branches which were then soaked for a few weeks in ocean water. This treatment would discourage insects and rot. Wiliwili or `ohi`a lehua were also used for the ama. These two woods are buoyant and lightweight as is hau, but they are stronger and better suited for larger canoes.
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