McClure, Frank

Categories , ,

The skeletal remains of a living tree, what we call wood, is the product of both genetic factors and environmental forces. Frank McClure began working with wood as a carpenter. However, it was his love of plants, or more specifically my interest in native Hawaiian plants that exposed him to the spectacular beauty of Hawaii’s hardwoods. “My work is a fusion of the results of my life experiences with those of the tree. The virtually unlimited nature of carving allows me to give the unique qualities of each tree a larger role in the design process. My current work draws heavily on the tools and skills I used as a youth in the surfboard industry. The flowing organic curves are created with an array of power carving, grinding, and sanding tools. In addition, I also have several personally modified tools and specialized chainsaws that aid in the originality of my designs. I have always believed that conventional tools used in unconventional ways can yield new techniques.”
Frank lives on the Hamakua coast.

Scroll to Top