We are inspired by the grandeur of this Island, the beauty of seeing koa trees growing, and our ability to create together. My husband, Timothy Allan Shafto, became captivated by woodturning in 2009 and was blessed to be given his first lessons from master woodturner, Dan DeLuz. He then spent six months apprenticing master woodturner, Elmer Adams, and our work transitioned from jewelry boxes to turnings.
As we were taken in by this incredible community of woodworkers, the creative processes these wood artists developed became a source of inspiration for me. In 2009, I co-authored, produced, and published Contemporary Hawaii Woodworkers; the Wood, the Art, the Aloha. Now I’m focused on my next big, positive idea with a goal of supporting Hawaii’s rich diversity of artists. —Tiffany DeEtte Shafto