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Rose Woodcraft is a small operation; in fact it is just me!  I select and harvest the wood by hand and except for a chainsaw I use only traditional methods to do so.  I have a small woodlot in Hoopuloa, South Kona, on the island of Hawaii.  The trees here are native dry land forest species growing on a 3000-4000 year old lava flow.  I harvest mostly dead wood or trees that need to be removed for the health of this nearly pristine native forest.  Each species of tree I use in my carvings was traditionally used by the Hawaiian people for weapons or tools.  No wood used is from endangered or protected species.

 

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I was born on the island of Oahu and lived for many years on the mainland.  In 1990 I returned to Hawaii and worked as a computer technician in Honolulu.  I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1997 and fell in love with it.  After buying land in South Kona in 2003 I began caring for the forest and trees.  The low elevation dry land native forest here in Hoopuloa is one of the few remaining areas with both native trees and older soils.

 

I have made it my mission to develop a method for sustainable use of the native hardwood resources here, much as the Hawaiians did for several thousand years.  The selection of which trees to harvest is done using the Hawaiian system of kapu e noa noa (taboo and making free).  This means forbidding harvest or allowing harvest of appropriate trees, according traditional and modern thinking equal weight in the decision.  I work with both native Hawaiian kumu (teachers) and botanist/foresters from the USDA and the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. 

 

The idea of a sustsainable use of this very rare native forest is controversial, but I believe that, by following the cultural practices of the native Hawaiians who were stewards of this forest before European contact, it is possible.  As well, I believe complying with all state and federal laws and regulations protecting native species is a good common sense practice. Instead of intensive commercial forestry practices of our modern society, such as roading building and machine harvesting of trees, I walk into this rugged terrain and hand carry the logs out.  This method imposes natural limitations on the type and amount of wood that can be harvested.

 

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Naio tree

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Iliahi (or sandalwood) tree

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View of Kaohe

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View of Waikaku

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Alahe'e tree

larry@rosewoodcraft.com

Rose Woodcraft
P.O. Box 558
Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750

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