On a visit to Hawaii, I met an older woodworker, and curious about how they made their early canoes, asked
him about how they made them and other wooden items. They did not have any metalworking culture
that I knew of, he grinned and answered,”First you catch a shark.” The idea of woodworking tools took
on a new meaning as he told how their main implement for woodworking was sharks teeth, which were
sharp and tended to last a while. I told this story to my son-in-law who then proceeded to give me some
dark Hawaiian hardwood that an uncle had given him a few years before. He was sure the name of wood
started with a k and that it was not koa. The uncle is not available anymore and I have been unable to
find an online source of information. Does anyone out there know anything about Hawaiian hardwoods?
Thank you for any help you can give me.
-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter