Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hawaiian Wood Craft - by Barabbas M. Gould

Barabbas M. Gould was born on Long Island, in New York. Growing up in a middle class family with Hungarian, Jewish, Russian and Italian heritage. He's a multi-skilled craftsman, mixed media artist and very intelligent guy with a strange sence of humor that keeps most people here laughing.
He has worked on "Off Broadway" as a production manager for 'Screaming Venus Theater Company'. Was trained as a Gentleman's Gentelman" and is a great cook. Currently serving the community as a property manager and general carpenter, specializing in our senior members.

He also happens to be a minister working with several churches and missions localy and jokes that all he needs now is a boat to complete the complex.  

In his spare time he likes to craft various items from local wood generously supplied by our neighborhood saw mill owner, Jeff Anderson,(Thank you Jeff.) Some of the hand made and if I do say so myself, beautiful wood creations are from island woods such as; Koa, Ohia, Mango, Monkey Pod, Eucalyptus and Sandalwood.

He is also my husband, friend and business partner. We met in Hawai'i and after 5 years we married at our favorite black sand beach in Kalapana. 

 This blog will show you some of his work. Some are still available and can be purchased. He can make you almost anything and enjoys attempting new requests, just ask. He priviously made some; planchette(s), custom-made crosses for specific denominations of faith, bookmarks, hair pins, a heart shaped jewerly holder, menorah, even a life sized surfboard in the old style, business card holder & letter opener set, cutting board, birdfeeder, paddles,
and much more...

Every work, from as small as he could craft to as large as he could jamb through the saws,  has been a challange, but they have all turned out as a unique work of art and I am proud of his abilities.

Paddle; Koa, Monkey Pod and Mango
Business Cards Holder with
 detachible surf board letter opener;
Koa and Mango

Birdfeeder; Koa, Ohia, Mango


Small Gift Items
Pendant with Koa and Mango
Back-Scratcher with Ohia, Koa and Purple Heart
Hair-Pin with Ohia
Honu Pendant with Koa
Koa Fireplace Handle




Custom Bookmark; Koa
Bookmark; Antique Koa
"Hawai'i" Bookmark; Mango

"Aloha" Bookmark; Mango

 Big and Small Crosses

Big and Small Crosses;
Koa, Mango
Crosses on the right has been made for the Saints of Molokai

His latest assortment of crosses for Christmas 2011

Anniversary Jewerly Box  

Koa, Mango and Purple Heart 



He made so many wonderful items, that this blog page is too small to show it all.
But here some NEW items and they are AVAILABLE

From Wikipedia: A planchette (play /plænˈʃɛt/ plan-shet), from the French for "little plank", is a small, usually heart-shaped flat piece of wood that one moves around on a board to spell out messages or answer questions.

from Hawaiian Woods
and Handmade Cloth Pouch

Small Planchette with Hemp Cord;
Koa and Sandalwood

Ohia and Purple Heart

Redwood, Curly Mango and Ohia

Koa, Mango and Purple Heart

Curly Mango with an Ivy Design

 Pendulum made by Hawaiian Koa and Ohia
Custom Made

Our latest Custom Order made with Mango wood is a Door Saddle. Wood-burning made by Katalin E. Csikos-Gould. Pam and Bob used my artistic vision and let me follow my visions. On the raw mango wood, I saw the Hawaiian Mountains: Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. The lines were already outlined naturally in the wood, but not everyone had the same vision. So this is how it turned out.

Barabbas can also make you custom items
from your own trees/woods.

Please contact Barabbas if you have any idea.