By the summer of 1979, when Elam Sharpe passed on, I was a living in Mt. Shasta, California, and had been building rockers in black walnut with limited success as a "starving artist". In the winter of 1979, I moved to Hawaii to help a friend with her woodworking business in Keaau on the Big Island. I was introduced to the rare Hawaiian Koa and a variety of other Island hardwoods, and immediately started making rockers. Little by little, I improved in my joinery and perfected my finishing techniques. As the quality of the chairs improved, so did the demand for my work. By 1987 I began building rockers full time. I found that by being honest in making quality furniture, and not rushing the proccess, I maintained the spirit of my teacher in every chair. Each chair is made individually by me. There is no mass production . Working at home allows me to spend more time to produce exceptional quality furniture without the high cost of a large" production shop".
Nestled amongst the Ohia trees in the Puna rainforest is my workshop and is just a stone's throw away from the family kitchen. The erupting volcano is 10 miles to the South, and the Puna coast is a 15 minute walk. If you wish to tour the workshop please call or e-mail and make an appointment. I'm located about 20 miles outside Hilo.