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About Our Woods

As a Hawaiian-based artisan, our signature wood is the rare and exotic Hawaiian curly koa. Koa is known for its rich colors, grain patterns, and chatoyance, which gives the grain pattern an almost iridescent quality that seems to dance and change hues in different lighting.

The distinctive characteristics of koa are widely sought after but hard to find; koa is a protected wood available only in scarce quantities. The older the specimen, the tighter the desirable "curl" of the grain will be, producing a nearly striped appearance for very tight curl.

We proudly offer a wide selection of koa, including our extremely rare, old growth, premium-grade Special Reserve collection. This wood is available in limited quantities for custom orders and is primarily used for our one-of-a-kind collectibles. 

In addition to koa, we offer a wide selection of rare, exotic hardwoods native to our Hawaiian islands and around the world. A few of our most commonly used woods are listed below; however, we are pleased to provide custom pricing quotes for any legally obtainable wood. Please contact us if you need additional information or assistance.

Before beginning any project, Gregg carefully selects each piece of wood to ensure a pleasing aesthetic, along with coloration and grain for the desired effect. We use the highest quality woods available to achieve gallery, fine art-grade results. Our woods are kiln-dried to ensure lasting stability in the end product.

Wood Finishing Process

All of our wood products are artisan-crafted with hours of meticulous handwork and minimal machine usage to produce results that are nothing short of stunning. Gregg applies at least a dozen sealant and finishing processes to knife handles, and over twenty to boxes.

Knife Handles

To make our knife handles suitable for repeated use in a cooking environment, they are first stabilized, and then repeatedly hand-sanded and sealed using the same grade sealants used for fine hardwood flooring. Between each application of sealant, handles are once again hand-buffed and hand-rubbed to achieve a super smooth and polished finish. We use natural oils for the final finishing step to produce a low luster that is very easy to maintain with periodic reapplication of oil. We offer handle refinishing to keep your handles looking gorgeous for years to come. 


Our boxes and other fine wood products take several days to finish using a gallery-quality, fine hand-rubbed furniture finishing technique. We do not use varnish nor any kind of machine buffing. Every stage of finishing is done completely by hand. 

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