Environmental Artist & Craftsman
McD Philpotts’ family run business, Hawaiian Furniture Company, started more than 20 years ago and is located in a rural area of the Waianae Mountains on the island of Oahu. The majority of their lumber inventory is harvested directly from green waste and cut in their saw mills and dried in a solar kiln, thus they control the drying and seasoning process of the lumber.
Not only born and raised in the islands, but part Hawaiian as well, McD has been a professional wood worker for more than 25 years. Growing up as the son of our own Mary Philpotts whose specialty is the Hawaiian/Kama'aina look, his love for these traditional elements is only natural and is what brought him to specialize in woodturning and veneer work.
As a custom furniture maker he has worked through this process with many satisfied designers and clients. This design process has also allowed him to continually challenge himself and his abilities. He believes this is the most important aspect in the evolution of his wood working skills.