PACIFIC ISLAND HOOKS
EXQUISITELY HANDCRAFTED HAWAIIAN SCULPTURES
GREAT CARVING AND SCULPTURE IS ABOUT MASTERING THE ART OF PATIENCE
‘O Clint ko’u inoa. I am a pacific island artisan.
My pieces are all custom and one of a kind, handcrafted from ivory, bone, wood, stone and shell.
I sculpt each piece from its raw organic beginning to its gorgeous pristine finish.
From my traditional hooks to my contemporary designs, you will find that no piece is ever 'pushed through’ to completion. Ever.
You’ll find no tool marks and no poorly tied lashings. Untie the lashing and you’ll find that what was hidden from the eye is just as beautiful as what is seen.
Unlike some artisans, I refuse to use glue and purchased plastic buttons when finishing my pieces. From the first step of choosing the very best raw materials obtainable... to the final step of each sculpture's exhausting hand sanding process... you will behold nothing but complete beauty with each individual piece.
All cords are hand braided by me, with different lengths, styles and colors to choose from. I personally carve, sand and polish every cord button, or “toggle” from ivory, bone or shell. Each hook is tied to its own cord slowly and carefully, ensuring a clean, sharp, elegant chevron lashing.
While you’re here, please check out my Gallery links above.
I love what I do... and I do it with a level of patience unknown by most. The craftsmanship and quality of each piece is guaranteed to please for a lifetime.
Mahalo nui loa for looking.
In response to the worldwide concern regarding the illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking of elephants and rhinoceroses, which is happening at alarming rates, a U.S. Federal law was passed last year prohibiting the import and export of African elephant ivory with very limited exceptions. In addition, the states of New York, New Jersey, California and Hawaii passed similar, but much more stringent, laws.
Hawaii and California’s new law makes it unlawful to “purchase, sell, offer for sale, possess with intent to sell, or import with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn.” Ivory is defined as “a tooth or tusk from a species of elephant, hippopotamus, mammoth, mastodon, walrus, warthog, whale, or narwhal, or a piece thereof, whether raw ivory or worked ivory, and includes a product containing, or advertised as containing, ivory.”
While I wholeheartedly agree with the Federal ban protecting African elephants, and the conservation efforts for all endangered species, the state laws have gone one step too far by banning “all ivory.” Under the Federal ban, artisans like myself were still allowed to work with legally documented, fossilized (non-elephant) ivory from Alaska.
However, according to the wording of these overarching State bans, I am no longer allowed to practice the art of carving on the fossilized walrus ivory I have legally obtained from Alaska.
Therefore, until these new State laws concerning fossilized walrus ivory have been reversed, I will no longer sell my ivory pieces. Their pictures will, however, remain on my website as works of art for visitors to enjoy. All my other pieces, in bone, wood, stone and shell, are still available for sale.
Please feel free to contact me with questions.