The Process ... Its starts with an idea

I started with a simple idea. My art is created from the pod of Kauai's coconut palm trees. The pod (sheath) holds the seed and baby coconuts. Once the pod opens, the coconuts and flower come out and continue to grow. From time to time, as the coconuts are almost ready to drop, "cutters" will trim the coconuts down. It is from this cutting that I am able to retrieve the pod. For the outriggers, I make the sails out of many different types of fabric. It is my goal to make them as "authentically" as possible. I offer a mulberry tree fabric called "Tapa", which is what the ancients used to make sails and clothing. The masts and long arm are made out of bamboo. The short arms and paddle come from the pod itself. Another attempt at tradition is the use of "sennit" rope (woven coconut fibers). The process to make this rope is time consuming, but makes a strong, waterproof rope.

From Idea to Art

After allowing it to dry for a few weeks, I take the hardened pod and decide what it will become.

Magic Touch is the key

I take the pod and cut it, sand it down and hand stain it with three coats of polyurethane. All colors are custom mixed to my specifications.

Hand CraftedHawaiian Outrigger

To finish the outriggers, I make the sails out of many different types of fabric. It is my goal to make them as "authentically" as possible. I offer a mulberry tree fabric called "Tapa", which is what the ancients used to make sails and clothing. The masts and long arm are made out of bamboo. The short arms and paddle come from the pod itself. Another attempt at tradition is the use of "sennit" rope (woven coconut fibers). The process to make this rope is time consuming, but makes a strong, waterproof rope.

 

local craft show

 Come visit me at one of the local craft shows...lots of Kauai Made hand crafted items made by local artisans.

about ron

Where do I begin? Rosemarie and I have been residents of Kauai for several years now. I chose to retire here after many visits. With the help of Mother Nature and a little luck, I have been blessed to be able to craft some very unique works of art.
Since coming here and starting this labor of love, I have become somewhat of a "renowned" local artist.
I am honored to share my art with you. Also...
We would like to give our sincere thanks to Shawn for putting together this great web site.  If you want a website I highly recommend him.

let me know if you enjoy my work

 

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Mahalo for taking time to look at my work.  I hope that you enjoy seeing my work as much as I enjoy creating each of the individual pieces I have created.

`A`ohe lokomaika`i i nele i ke pâna`i.

"No kind deed has ever lacked its reward."

Ron,
Just wanted to let you know that our painting and other piece arrived yesterday. They are beautiful. We already miss Kauai, we had a wonderful 45th. Anniversary vacation. Will see you in February when we return.

Mahalo.

Maureen & Rich Oppmann

Ron,

The Kauai craft arrived as advertised on Tuesday and is now together and on display. Beautiful! Very nice work.

Mahalo.

Chris & Sandy Dixon

Hi. We received the outrigger by FedEx delivery yesterday. All was in good order and we were able to assemble it pretty quickly. Thanks, we really like it.

Bill & Sherry Kenneday

Ron and Rosemarie…

Your creation sits as the centerpiece on our mantle in our family room. A perfect place of honor! Well done!!!

Art and Dorrie Soileau