We are feelin’ South Pacific here at Chine bLog. We have some sweet new tunes from Papua playing (Akave by George Telek) and just had the pleasure of discovering an amazing boatbuilder and artist. We found Tevita Kunato via our friend Gary Dierking over at Outrigger Sailing Canoes. Tevita Kunato is the business name for the creations of David Kunert, a man of Papuan birth who now lives in Hawaii.
Gary was highlighting the incredible dugout outrigger canoes David has built. His site shows an amazing Hawaiian / Papuan canoe that he built with a variety of native woods and then carved with traditional designs. You have to just go to the post on this boat to see the rest of the pictures. This boat in unbelievably beautiful.
Here is another outrigger canoe with designs inspired by war shields. This is a pretty small boat, but it would stand out even at a gathering of traditional boats.
David also makes canoe paddles, and I might like these more than the boats, and I like the boats a lot. The paddle here is of Hawaiian and West Papuan origin and couldn’t be more beautiful. $625 and its yours, and I’d say its well worth it.
There is more great stuff here, so you should definitely investigate yourself.