Paepoʻo Wood Inlay Workshop with Kunāne Wooton
Saturday Oct. 14 + Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days
Location: Flanders Lawn
In this two-full day workshop, Ola Ka No‘eau featured artist Kunāne Wooton will share insight on his woodworking process and wood inlay techniques and will guide you in making your own 3-4 foot board. On Day 1, before starting to make your board, Kunāne will present an overview of the process and lead a tour in Hawaiian Hall for historical reference and inspiration. You will start crafting your board on the first day. On Day 2, you will continue working on your board to as close to completion as possible. What you cannot complete you can continue at home.
This Living Culture workshop is part of the Ola Ka No‘eau: Excellence in Hawaiian Artistry public programming. The exhibition, on view in the J. M. Long Gallery, explores genealogies of Hawaiian artistry and spotlights 13 cultural stewards across six disciplines represented by a senior and junior practitioner pairing, each having devoted their lives to the preservation and vitality of their respective art forms. Kunāne Wooton is a featured artist in the exhibition alongside his kumu ‘Ōlohe ʻUmi Kai. The Ola Ka No‘eau public programs honor these knowledge bearers who maintain and perpetuate the cherished insights and processes of our kūpuna.
Kunāne Wooton is a cultural practitioner and artist who connected with ‘Ōlohe ʻUmi Kai through Pā Kuʻi A Lua and learned how to make weapons, implements, and carved figures from him. He has a passion for Hawaiian customary forms made by previous generations. Weapons, implements, and carved figures are some of his favorite profiles to create. To him, when one works with customary materials in the way the ancestors did, one is afforded a glimpse into how they worked and experienced the world. His work has been shown in many venues and helps tell contemporary stories through classical design.
Registration fee: $120 General, $100 Museum Members ($20 discount)
*Included in the registration fee is a materials kit.
*Light snacks and water will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.
*Please note that capacity is very limited.
*Previous experience in woodworking and using hand tools is preferred but not necessary.
*Registrants must commit to attending both Saturday and Sunday sessions.