At the age of 26, Tor Chantara lives his life simultaneously in two worlds, practicing the fine woodworking art of marquetry that has its roots in the 16th Century, while learning techniques and ordering supplies via the Internet.
Razors & Brushes
Our Hawaii craftsmen designed and created solid Koa razors using our private stock of Big Island Koa wood. Each Koa wood handle is lathe-turned individually by our master craftsman Mel. He creates a contoured razor barrel with exacting balance for effortless grip in the palm of the hand. We coat our razors with a premium marine varnish to make the wood waterproof.
We only use Koa from dead and fallen trees. We have never cut down a single Koa tree and we never use Koa wood from trees that are cut down. We are proud to be at the forefront for Koa reforestation in Hawaii. In the past five years, our collaborative efforts have led to more than 30,000 new Koa trees growing on the Big Island today. Martin & MacArthur is the only fine furniture company in Hawaii today with over 35 skilled craftsmen. The average tenure of our six master craftsmen is 25 years making fine Koa furniture. We are proud to be the fine furniture maker of ‘Iolani Palace.