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Hawaii’s Woodshow Brings Binh Pho To Big Island

July 15, 2014, 10:35 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:44 PM
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Internationally acclaimed woodworker Bihn Pho will conduct a hands-on workshop on the Big Island in conjunction with the annual Hawaii’s Woodshow.

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, said a release for Hawaii’s Woodshow.

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

The Hawai‘i Island demo is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, at 73-4260 Hulikoa Drive in Kailua-Kona. The Hands-On Workshop will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at Tai Lake Fine Woodworking, 76-5823 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa.

“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. “Hawai‘i is indeed fortunate to have Mr. Pho share his unique talents and artistry with our professional and amateur woodworkers.”

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Pho’s work is collected by The White House Collection of American Crafts in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Art Museum in Pittsburg, Pa., Cincinnati Art Museum, Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., and France’s Musee Art du Bois.

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The cost to attend the Saturday demos is $40 before Aug. 13; $50 after that. The Sunday Hands-On Workshops are limited to eight registered participants and the cost is $100.

Register online at the Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association website, or call Andy Cole, 808-778-7036.

Hawaii’s Woodshow is a statewide juried exhibition featuring Hawai‘i grown wood, showcasing works by leading professional, amateurs and novice woodworkers, scheduled Aug. 31 through Sept. 15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona.

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The exhibition typically features 80 or more 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 include Kamehameha Schools, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Woodcraft Hawaii, Bubbies Ice Cream, C. Barton Potter, Hawai‘i Forest Institute, Ron and Myra Kent, Tom Loudat and Nadia Savoldilli, Tusher Architectural Group, Greg Smith Woodturner and Halekulani on the Beach at Waikiki.

Pho’s Big Island visit was arranged by The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association and the Hawai‘i Forest Institute.

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