Workshops to be Held in Conjuntion With Hawaii’s Woodshow

The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) has organized a Marquetry and Design Workshop to be hosted by renowned woodworker Paul Schurch in conjunction with Hawaii’s ‘Woodshow™, Na Lā’au o Hawai’i.

Paul Schurch Vector Table using dyed wood and natural stone.

Paul Schurch Vector Table using dyed wood and natural stone.

The hands-on workshop is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in enhancing their skills with an internationally recognized premier woodworker.

Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The O’ahu workshop is scheduled for September 1 and 2 from 9am until 5pm at Winkler Woods.

“We are thrilled to have Paul conduct these workshops as well as serve as a juror for this year’s Hawaii’s Woodshow,” said Heather Simmons, HFIA Executive Director. “Paul is a talented artist who has been teaching furniture making, veneer work and marquetry for many years and we are fortunate that he is passing on the valuable knowledge he has received from many fine teachers and masters of the trades.”

Marcus Castaing 2012 Best of Show. Photo by Hal Lum.

Marcus Castaing 2012 Best of Show. Photo by Hal Lum.

Schurch will also be leading free “Timeless Design for Modern Times” lectures on O’ahu and Hawai’i Island. Visit for times and locations.

There is limited space remaining for the O’ahu September 1 and 2 workshop. Anyone interested in registering may do so online in the resources section of the website or call Andy Cole at 808-778-7036. Workshop registration is $250 and includes Paul Schurch’s marquetry DVD and book. Attendees will depart with a quality piece they create during the workshop.

“The furniture I create is inspired by my connection to, and observation of nature. I see my furniture as an amalgam of classically influenced styles and contemporary shapes, playful imagery and exotic materials,” said Schurch.  “I am excited by the prospect of reinterpreting timeless concepts in a fresh and unique manner.”

Hawaii’s Woodshow is scheduled September 1 through 15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona. The exhibition is open to the public 11am until 6pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

Young Koa bowl by Don Albrecht

Young Koa bowl by Don Albrecht

Joining Schurch as jurors at the 21st Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow will be award-winning studio furniture designer and former Hawaii’s Woodshow coordinator Marian Yasuda and Norman G. Y. Hong, an award-winning member of the American Institute of Architects and CEO at Group 70 International.

The three jurors will have the difficult task of selecting winners in various categories including professional and student divisions from among dozens of entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawai’i woods. The exhibition typically features 80 or more breathtaking heirloom-quality works of furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments made from Acacia koa, Mango, Kamani, Milo, Norfolk pine, macadamia nut, Kiawe and other Hawai’i-grown woods.

Sponsors helping to make Hawaii’s Woodshow possible include Kamehameha Schools, Hawai’i State Foundation of Culture & the Arts, DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Hawai’i Forest Institute, Woodcraft, Halekulani On the Beach at Waikiki, Maui Custom Woodworkers, Inc., Ocean Eagle, Ron and Myra Kent, Hilo Frame Shop, Tusher Architectural Group and Bubbies Ice Cream.

This year there will be a unique display of young-growth koa pieces by Hawai’i Island woodworkers. This is part of the Young-Growth Koa Wood Quality Assessment and Demonstration Project, which gathered data and information on the potential value of koa wood before it reaches maturity. A collaboration between HFIA, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Northern Research Station, and University of Hawai’i, this project addresses questions about the viability of young-growth koa in existing markets.

Hawaii’s Woodshow™ was created to promote an appreciation for the remarkable variety of Hawai’i-grown woods as well as for the talented woodworkers throughout our Islands.  Artists are limited to Hawai’i-grown wood and are encouraged to use conservative techniques such as veneering to make the most effective use of woods in limited supply. Certain rare or endangered species are prohibited. For more information visit

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