Not all art that hangs on the wall are paintings. Here is a splendid
example of the woodcrafter's art form, a beautiful wall cabinet made of rare "Cury Grain"
Hawaiian Koa wood. Click on the photo of the detail to inspect the marquetry on the front
The woods used in the inlaid marquetry include Pheasant Wood, Mango, Milo, Holly and Koa.
"After choosing the many different species of wood which I will be using in
my Marquetry (I like to think of this as my color palette), I slice the boards into very thin
strips (3/64") on the band saw, then run them through the sander. By making them very thin it
aleviates the natural tendency for the wood to expand and contract (which might cause the
detail to pull apart).
"Once the wood is made into veneers, I am ready to begin the labor-intensive
process of cutting the many, many pieces to fit together, choosing every piece by grain
direction and color. After they are cut I take many of them and dip them into hot sand to
scorch the edge to cause a shading effect which gives the piece depth. Then I carefully
assemble the pieces in many different layers, overlapping leaves and branches in front of and
behind each other. Then I glue the entire picture to the top substrate, sand very carefully
and the process continues .... building the rest of the piece."
One of the islands premier women
woodworkers, Shaun creates studio furniture with subtle line and form as a signature. She lets
the wood speak for itself, simply adding her own master-level joinery and lustrous finish.
These are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that are of heirloom
quality, which your family can enjoy for generations to come.
Shaun Fleming has established herself as a master
furniture and cabinet maker. She is an active member of the American Association of Woodturners
and the Hawaii Forest Indutries Association, as well as a board member of the Maui Woodworkers
An avid surfer and mother of three, Shaun was first introduced to
woodworking nearly twenty years ago when she got a job as a sander in a custom cabinet shop. As
she became familiar with the tools in the shop, she began "making things", as she puts it. With
an eye for design and a sure-touch with her hands, Shaun gradually began making boxes, then
bowls, and finally, one-of-a-kind works of furniture art.