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Hawaii wood show features Binh Pho workshops


The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) and the Hawaii Forest Institute have arranged a demonstration day and workshop on Hawaii Island and O‘ahu presented by renowned woodworker Binh Pho in conjunction with Hawaii’s Woodshow™, Na Lau o Hawaii.

Critically acclaimed artist Binh Pho is known for his expansive approach to woodwork including painting, a unique exploration of positive/negative space and a highly personal iconography that relates to Asian culture and the natural world. The hands-on demo and workshop are unique opportunities for anyone interested in
enhancing their skills to work alongside an internationally recognized woodworker.

“I put a soul into every piece I create. I don’t make objects. I create characters. If the viewers can pick up on that soul, I’ve accomplished it,” stated Binh Pho.


The Hawaii Island demo is scheduled for Saturday, August 23 from 9 am until 4 pm at 73-4260 Hulikoa Drive in Kailua-Kona. The Hands-On Workshop will be held Sunday, August 24 from 9 am to 4 pm in the Kona district of Holualoa at Tai Lake Fine Woodworking located at 76-5823 Mamalahoa Highway.


The Oahu demo will be held Saturday, August 30 from 9 am to 4 pm at MRC Roofing located at 1041 Puuwai Street in Honolulu. The Hands-On Workshop follows the next day, Sunday, August 31, in the same location from 9 am to 4 pm.

“We are thrilled to have Binh Pho conduct these workshops and demos on two islands as a component of Hawaii’s Woodshow™,” said Heather Simmons, HFIA Executive Director. “Hawaii is indeed fortunate to have Mr. Pho share his unique talents and artistry with our professional and amateur woodworkers.”

The cost to attend the Saturday demos is $40 if registration is received by August 13 and $50 if received later or at the door. The Sunday Hands-On Workshops are limited to 8 registered participants and the cost to participate is $100.

Binh Pho’s work reflects the Far East culture and his journey to the West. He brings the beauty of nature with hand creation techniques to create character and soul in his pieces. Pho’s work is collected by The White House Collection of American Crafts in Washington, DC, Carnegie Art Museum in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Cincinnati Art Museum, Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC and France’s Musee Art du Bois.

Anyone interested in registering may do so online in the resources section of the
Hawaii Forest Industry Association website: or by calling Andy Cole at 808-778-7036.

Hawaii’s Woodshow™:

Hawaii’s Woodshow™ is scheduled August 31 through September 15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona. The exhibition is open to the public daily from 10 am to 5 pm and admission is free. Hawaii’s Woodshow™ is a prestigious statewide juried exhibition and features Hawai‘i grown wood. Each year the exhibition showcases works of leading professional woodworkers, amateurs and novice woodworkers.

The exhibition typically features 80 or more breathtaking heirloom-quality works of furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments made from Acacia koa, Mango, Kamani, Milo, Norfolk pine, macadamia nut, Kiawe and other Hawai‘i-grown woods.

Sponsors helping to make Hawaii’s Woodshow™ and the Binh Pho workshops possible include Kamehameha Schools, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Woodcraft Hawaii, Bubbies Ice Cream, C. Barton Potter, Hawaii Forest Institute, Ron and Myra Kent, Tom Loudat and Nadia Savoldilli, Tusher Architectural Group, Greg Smith Woodturner and Halekulani on the Beach at Waikiki.

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