Francisco still recalls the smell of freshly cut Spanish cedar and cypress from his childhood in Huelva, Spain. While just a boy, he began apprenticing in furniture making under his godfather, learning skills that would last a lifetime. After high school, travels and studies in Hotel Administration interrupted his work in wood.
In 1973 while working at a prestigious hotel in Marbella, Spain, Francisco met Master Clyde Siggins, a renowned custom homebuilder in California. A kinship developed and during a visit to Siggins in the United States, Francisco decided to stay in Las Vegas, Nevada and abandon hotel work in favor of becoming a home builder as Clyde Siggins.
In 1980 travels to Hawaii he found a home away from home. Settling on Oahu, he continued his work in home remodeling and returned to furniture making. While researching how to create bedposts for a custom bed he had designed, he bought his first lathe. His life as a wood artist had begun.
Francisco starts with a design in mind, but as he interacts with the wood, he gently gives way to it. “The wood is alive and yet dead, and then comes alive again”, he explains. The spontaneity of his life fuels his creativity. “I am always in search of the ultimate expression, a mischievous quest for adventure and the unknown” he says. "I love the feeling of having done something new or different."
Hawai`i Wood Show – “Honorable
Hawai`i Craftsmen – “Honorable
2014 Hawai`i Wood Show – “First Place Main Division”
2013 Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Juried Exhibition - INVITED ARTIST
2010 Hawai`i Wood Show – “Honorable Mention”
2009 Windward Artist Guild Juried Exhibition – “Third Place”
2007 Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce “Commitment to Excellence” Juried Exhibition:
- Honorable Mention
2006 Association of Hawai`i Artist Juried Exhibition – “Third Place”
2004 Hawai`i Wood Show – “Honorable Mention”
2013, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2001
2015 - 2001 (consecutive annual)
2015 - 2000 (consecutive annual)
Contemporary Hawaii Woodworkers by Tiffany DeEtte
Shafto & Lynda McDaniel
Although attached to the roots of Hawaiian traditional calabash style of wood working, I am an advocate of Abstract Expressionism and when creating a piece of wood art, I avoid any preconceived idea of how I want that piece to look like and instead I follow an unknown path created by a vision in my mind’s eye, and in this search for the ultimate expression, I free myself from any artistic rule or convention.
I hope that you like my work.
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