Pahu Drum by Leopoldo Mares
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To carve, Mares uses chisels and mallets. He researches ancient drums and traditional designs incorporating these into his work for authenticity. Most of the “niu” (coconut) trunks are from the King Kamehameha V Kapuaiwa coconut grove on Molokai. “Each Niu was planted for a warrior,” says Mares.
Care Instructions: Traditionally, the new owner will give the “Pahu” a name. As a living piece of art, keep in moderate temperature, avoid extreme hot/cold environments. Occasionally, wipe and lightly oil with linseed oil thinned with mineral spirits the Pahu’s coconut surface.