It’s In My Genes
My grandfather was a botanist and engineer in Hawaii at the turn of the 20th century and when I moved there in the 1970s I too came under the spell of the Island forests. Leaning on a carpentry background I began making small boxes, begging off-cuts from other woodworkers and mining the ukulele factory dumpster for discarded bits. Since those salad days I’ve paid my proverbial dues and mastered my craft, but my scavenging instincts remain strong. I have traveled the planet in search of quality materials, tracking down remote sources and bargaining with locals for the good stuff. Timber that was plentiful when I started is now rare, and ridiculously expensive.
In Honolulu I was a regular visitor to a warehouse of koa curated by self-deprecating Seichi Koga and talkative “Tootsie” Medeiros. Long-defunct Big Island outfits sold me wood by the pallet and I tracked down curly flitches at improbably remote mills in the mountain highlands. German John gifted me vintage logs from Maui and the late great Bob Hamada inspired me with his carefully nurtured Kauai gems. I scored dust-covered chunks of Makassar ebony sitting in storage that had been squirreled away on Navy ships returning from southeast Asia by a clever quartermaster and sat for decades seemingly awaiting my arrival. A random meeting on a puddle-jumper to Molokai led to a trove of rainforest exotics from Belize, and a memorable journey across the Indian subcontinent yielded a lifetime supply of rich, dark dalbergia.
I have always saved the best for last and at this point in my career I get to dig into my stash and have some real fun. I’m happy to share these unique creations with King Rings’ loyal customers. Stay tuned for more in the coming months!
King Rings Commentary:
Watch for Timothy’s appearance in the upcoming Hollywood Blockbuster, “Raiders of the Lost Bark”. ;o)