At Rose Woodcraft I produce carved items from native
Hawaiian hardwoods. Hawaiian weapons were the result of many generations of Polynesian
and Hawaiian wood carving traditions. The Hawaiian martial art of Lua was both
an individual practice similar to Jujitsu and a tactical and strategic system of warfare.
The Pahoa or dagger was unique to Hawaii and used by warriors for close quarters combat. The Pololu or long spear (15’-20’) was also uniquely Hawaiian and used in organized battles
involving thousands of combatants.
I also carve everyday and ornamental household items
that might be found in use by the Hawaiian people. The o'o or digging stick was used by farmers as a spade or shovel
and was the essential farming tool used in the islands. They are also commonly used by modern property developers in
groundbreaking ceremonies. 'Auamo or carrying poles were used to carry burdens suspended from the notched
ends while the pole was on the shoulder. With a balanced load front and back the burden could be carried long distances.
Most of the items pictured here are in stock and available
(these photos are representative - the exact items pictured are not necessarily for sale). However, because I work alone,
my production is necessarily limited. Also, some items such as walking sticks and carrying poles should be sized to
the person who will use them. This all means that delivery times can be extended (from four to six weeks) but that custom
sizing is sometimes available. Please include requested material (iliahi/sandalwood, etc. - see "About the
Trees" page) and lengths/weight with your order. All my items are signed - my signature is the black coral inlay dot,
visible on everything I make.
Please click here for an order form.