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.
Koa is the wood of the monarchs and ali'i of Hawaii. Today, this stunning wood is highly prized for its strength and beauty. Koa has a deep rich, color and complex grain pattern. The most highly sought-after Koa has a fluttering "curl" that looks like undulating waves on the surface of the wood. Koa is indigenous to Hawaii. Martin & MacArthur buys more curly Koa than anyone else in the world.