Koa is the source of my inspiration, with its myriad of grain patterns and colors. Having grown up in the logging/milling business, I developed a deep appreciation for koa at an early age. The beauty of the wood is unrivaled, and the trees themselves have a majesty about them, though all the koa I use comes from dead, fallen, or dying trees. Working with wood—from the log to the finished work of art—provides me with the opportunity to consider the best use for the log and how to cut it in order to maximize its beauty. I enjoy making furniture and woodturnings from koa—a tree found only in Hawaii.