When I read the National Endowment for the Arts 2006 report “Artists in the Workforce,” it confirmed what I already knew, Hawaii is rich with artists. This beautiful little State ranks #3 of 50 per capita with fine artists and craftspeople. But being so geographically isolated has its benefits and its drawbacks. The creative energy and natural beauty seems to be a beacon to creative people (that’s how we ended up here) but it makes it much harder to connect to the larger arts scene. Don’t get me wrong, we feel incredibly blessed to be here, and even more blessed by the visitors who come here and purchase our work as a reminder of their travels. In fact, that’s the area I see we need to promote even more. It’s time the world knew about Hawaii’s as an arts destination! Don’t you agree?
Tim was asked to turn a large calabash from the branch of a fallen koa tree for the Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center’s booth at the 2011 Society of American Foresters Conference which was held here in Hawaii during the United Nations International Year of Forests. The piece is now on permanent display at the THTIRC’s headquarters at Purdue University.
The Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center is a partnership among agencies, universities, industry, non-profit organizations and communities to restore and sustain tropical biodiversity and improve productivity through research, training, and management.