THE HANA COAST GALLERY
Hana, Island of Maui, Hawaii

Presents

The Wood Designs of Shaun Fleming
Premier Maui Furniture Artisan



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Maui Gem Table
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Desk Desk

"Maui Gem Table"
Made of Curly Koa and Wedge Wood

20" x 20" Round
Designed and Handcrafted by
Shaun Fleming
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Desk
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Desk

"Maui Forest Cabinet"
Made of Maui Koa, Maui Camphor (both salvaged) and European Beech:

24" W x 58" H x 10.5" Deep
Designed and Handcrafted by
Shaun Fleming
$18,950

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Hall Table
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Hall Table

Often times when people look at an object made of wood they forget to consider the source from which it came. In most cases the finished piece gives no indication of its origin. The once standing tree is forgotten until the wood reveals itself to the woodworker. I wanted to capture some of the raw beauty that nature provides. The natural edges on the base of this cabinet remind us of its rustic beginings. The dark coloring caused by the fungus in the decay process (spalting), nearest the outer bark is all natural.

The doors are bookmatched with some of the natural edge left at the center where the two panels meet. I use reclaimed wood whenever possible. The Aromatic Camphor Wood in the drawers came from a tree in Olinda which had to be removed. The Koa was harvested from a dying grove in the West Maui Mountains which was planted by D.T. Fleming in the early 1900's. It is an honor for me to have the opportunity to give a second life to an otherwise composting log. Long after the natural life cycle of the tree has come to an end, the Woodworker/Artist gives the occasion to appreciate andenjoy nature for generations to come.

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"1957 Thunderbird Wall Cabinet"
Made of Rare Hawaiian Koa Wood
With marquetry

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Wall Cabinet

26.5 in H x 20.5 in W x 8 in D
$10,400.00

The main body of this cabinet is increasingly rare Hawaiian Koa. The 1957 Thunderbird image was created using a time consuming process called marquetry, which the artisan explains below.

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Wall Cabinet

The interior back panel in the cabinet is Maui-grown Mango, the drawer is of aromatic Maui-harvested Camphor.

To maintain the beauty of this Koa Wood cabinet and other pieces of wooden furniture, the artistan suggest wiping and polishing with "Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Preserver containing Beeswax and Orange Oil.

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"Ying Yang Clock"
Made of Wenge, Koa and Mango

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Ying Yang Clock

Wenge, Curly Koa, and Mango


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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 panel.

The woods used in the inlaid marquetry include Pheasant Wood, Mango, Milo, Holly and Koa.

The Artist Tells About Her Marquetry Process

"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."

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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 Guild.

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.




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