Hawaii’s Woodshow 2012 People’s and Artist’s Choice Winners Selected

The 20th Annual Hawai`i Forest Industry Association’s Hawaii’s Woodshow wrapped up recently at the Honolulu Museum of Art Academy Art School Gallery at Linekona.  While Jurors for the show previewed and

Kulalic Desk and Chair
Vedad Kulalic’s impressive and playful “Desk and Chair” earned the People’s Choice Award.

Photo courtesy of Little Looks Photography

selected winners in various categories before the show’s opening date, the People’s Choice and Artist’s Choice winners have just been announced.
Master craftsman Vedad Kulalic won the People’s Choice award with his playful yet skillfully designed and crafted “Desk with Chair.”  Kulalic, who lives on Oahu, utilized a combination of monkey pod and koa to mimic a soft fabric-draped desk that many onlookers mistook as sculpture rather than furniture.
Prior to the show’s opening Peter Ziroli’s “Round Center Table” had received the 1st Place Furniture award designated by

Ziroli Center Table
Peter Ziroli’s “Round Center Table” won two awards at the 2012 Hawaii’s Woodshow.

Photo courtesy of Little Looks Photography

Woodshow Jurors. Participating artists agreed and chose Ziroli’s table for the Artist’s Choice award. The table is based on an 1869 design by William Fisher. The table top is koa with a longon wood star and pheasant wood banding. Medallions on the table apron and base are longon and applied panels are of light koa and kamani. Ziroli lives and works in O’okala on Hawai’i Island.

“I’d like to thank our team of volunteers for making the 20th annual Hawaii’s Woodshow such a huge success,” said Marian Yasuda, show coordinator. “The Woodshow would not be possible without the collective effort of many people. The generosity and sacrifices are greatly appreciated by me and all those who enjoy seeing such a fantastic exhibit each year.”

Only art pieces crafted predominately from Hawai’i-grown woods are displayed at Hawaii’s Woodshow as part of its endeavor to encourage and strengthen appreciation for sustainable forestry through the planting of native species. Endangered woods and certain rare species are prohibited.  Many Woodshow pieces are for sale to the public at http://gallery.hawaiiforest.org/

Hawaii’s Woodshow sponsors included Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Kamehameha Schools, Ron and Myra Kent, Specialty Forest Products, Inc., State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture, Alexander & Baldwin and the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Halekulani Hotel, C. Barton Potter, Bubbies Ice Cream, Martin & MacArthur, and wood artist and HFIA Board President Tai Lake.

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