Hawaiian Star Compass, sculpture made of mango, tropical ash, milo, shell, on a dyed maple base by David Reisland, Gary Eoff and Cliff Johns.
Turned mango disc by Cliff Johns, marquetry by David Reisland, pyrography, cordage and shell iwa bird by Gary Eoff.
The Hawaiian star compass divides the horizon into 32 distinct houses. The house of Hikina corresponds to east, where the sun rises. The house of Komohana corresponds to west, where the sun sets. Stars rise and set in a line parallel to the path of the sun. The house that a star rises from is the same house in which it sets. This way, the recognition of a rising or setting star plus the knowledge of the house in which it rises and sets gives the observer a directional point of orientation. To steer the canoe at night, if we steer towards a star and the subsequent stars that rise from that house, we can steer a straight course.
Dimensions: Disc is 31″ in diameter; sculpture stands 42″ tall with base.
Learn more about David Reisland on his bio page here.
Learn more about Gary Eoff on his bio page here.
Learn more about Cliff Johns on his bio page here.